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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Macquarie Way? 1930

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Father and sons; left: Alfred Kettle, (1909-1968), an engineer who started his working life at Maconochies, on the Isle of Dogs. Middle:Alfred Kettle Snr., (1879-1947), born at No.32 Tooke Street, Millwall, he had one sister, Elizabeth and a brother, Harry, who was killed in the First World War. Alfred began work as a messenger boy for the Millwall and West India Dock Company and eventually became their Principal Clerk. He used to run the Messenger Boys Football Team, and by saving the wrappers from Wrigleys Spearmint Chewing Gum, he acquired new footballs for them. The club played on Saturday afternoons in the PLA Transporter Yard in Farm Road, adjoining Hawkins and Tipson's Rope Works. Right: Ron Kettle, (b.1911), electrician. Date 1930.