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Photograph - Miss Christina Giles

From the Collection of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village 89 Merri Street Warrnambool Victoria

Description
Photograph, in a highly decorative, carved wood frame, is of a young girl standing on a chair. The frame, by Jordan of Warrnambool, has a floral design and is an abstract shape. The girl is Miss Christina Giles. It is part of the Giles Collection.
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Keywords
flagstaff hill, warrnambool, shipwrecked coast, flagstaff hill maritime museum, maritime museum, shipwreck coast, flagstaff hill maritime village, great ocean road, christina giles, giles collection, giles family, giles history, henry and mary giles, henry giles, tower hill, cooramook, warrnambool breakwater, mailor’s flat, wangoom, 19th century personal effects
Historical information
This photograph is of Christina Giles, who died in Wangoom, Warrnambool, in 1899 at 7 years, 5 months and 4 days old. It is part of the Giles Collection, which also includes a photograph of Christina's parents, Henry Giles and his wife Mary Jane (nee Freckleton), whose photograph is in the parlour of the Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage at Flagstaff Hill. They married in 1880.

There are many 19th century items of furniture, linen and crockery donated to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village by Vera and Aurelin Giles. The items are associated with the Giles Family and are known as the “Giles Collection”. These items mostly came from the simple home of Vera’s parents-in-law, Henry Giles and his wife Mary Jane (nee Freckleton), whose photos are in the parlour. They married in 1880.

Henry Giles was born at Tower Hill in 1858. He was a labourer on the construction of the Breakwater before leaving in 1895 to build bridges in N.S.W. for about seven years.

Mary Jane was born in 1860 at Cooramook. She attended Mailor’s Flat State School where she was also a student teacher before, as family legend has it, she became a governess at “Injemiara” where her grandfather, Francis Freckleton, once owned land.

Henry and Mary’s family of six, some of whom were born at Mailor’s Flat and later children at Wangoom, lived with their parents at Wangoom and Purnim west, where Henry died in 1933 and Mary Jane in 1940.
When Made
before May 1899
Made By
Jordan (Picture frame maker)
Significance
This photograph is locally significant due to its association with a local pioneering family, the Giles family.
The Giles family collection has social significance at a local level, because it illustrates the level of material support the Warrnambool community gave to Flagstaff Hill when the Museum was established.
Inscriptions & Markings
"Jordan Warrnambool"
Last updated
28 Sep 2019 at 4:38PM