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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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Isle of Dogs 1910s


Isle of Dogs 1910s

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Mrs Leather


Off to Australia: a send-off for an emigrant family, the Brassetts, in what is said to have been the first motor coach to come on to the Island. Leaving England were Mrs Jesse Brassett and her daughters Florence and Doris. Harry Brassett, a carpenter had gone out six months earlier. The Brassetts had lived in Seysell Street, then went to Nottingham for a few years, returned to the East End to live in Canning Town for a while, and then went to Australia. Other people in the photograph include Bill and Katherine Margett (Bill was a stevedore and they lived in No.107 Stebondale Street), old Mr Brassett (Harry’s father), Jess’s brother, Ted Margett and his wife (they lived in Seysell Street and Ted worked at Westwood’s), Jess’s sister and her husband, Mr and Mrs Lum , also of Seysell Street. The Margetts were a long established island family. The first Margett to settle here was a soldier in the Grenadier Guards, who fought in the Crimean War (1850s). He had been wounded in the thigh, and used to tell his children how the principal treatment was salt rubbed directly into the wound, to prevent infection. by Mrs Leather