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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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Sophia Anderson, nee Thomson and Harry Anderson 1890s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Sophia Anderson, nee Thomson (12 August 1879-1982) and Harry Anderson (born 5 November 1872) and died in the Second World War, photographed one week after their marriage (5 February 1899). They lived at 251 Westferry Road, where Sophie’s grandmother took in washing from families who lived in houses at the Pier Head (dockmasters, Pilots etc). Sophie fetched and carried the washing and also turned the heavy mangle weighted with stones. Grandmother took in lodgers too, and Harry was one of these. He came from Warwickshire, where his father was a railway wagon inspector. Harry was a boiler maker by trade and later worked in the docks as a stevedore, where he was killed by a doodlebug. When Sophie died she had nine children, 16 grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.