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St Mark's School, Newtown   Views: 677
st marks girls school 1907   Comments: 4
Photo: jimwa   Item #: 31490  
st marks girls school 1907

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  written on the back of the photo reads, miss martlands class 1907. the young girl circled 2nd row up is Nellie Griffiths (nee kay), she was born 1895.  

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Comments by Poet, 4th September 2019  
No hint of glee anywhere here is there? It's easy to conclude these girls were both repressed and lacklustre with poverty . Yet no one smiled in photographs then. It was probably considered undignified, and certainly this sitting would have been conducted with great formality and almost scientific awe. You can sense the teacher saying, " One move Nellie and you're for it ".

Comments by Veronica, 4th September 2019  
It took so long to take a photograph that the children's faces would be aching with smiling. On the other hand,keeping still was the main object - so no wriggling about please. How often have we seen a 'blurred' image of some children who couldn't keep still...probably the ones who were naturally mischievous and teacher kept her beady eye on those with a withering glance - poor mites!

Comments by Veronica, 4th September 2019  
It's quite possible some of those girls may have done half a days work in the mill as well, or going to the mill in the afternoon. What a 'childhood'!

Comments by Maureen, 5th September 2019  
I wonder if Miss Markland was any relation to Mr Markland who I think was the headmaster at the Grammar School.

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