Mystery Photos on Flickr

There are many photographs in the State Library of Queensland's collection with unidentified people, places and times. To solve some of the mysteries associated with these photos, we've uploaded a whole Flickr set of unidentified/un-located images to see if people in the community might be able to add more detail.

The Mystery Photo set has been a popular addition to The Commons on Flickr. This image of the horse riders in Kilcoy, bearing no indentified people or date has already been viewed on Flickr over 1050 times (record stats!). We're hoping people in the Kilcoy community will be able to identify the street and the building if it is still standing, or even the two people in the foreground. Note: a lady and  two children also on the verandah.

Some detective work has also taken place a photograph of an unidentified 'Queensland aviatrix'. No town or name has been supplied in the description, although we have a date - ca. 1935.

We put a call-out on Flickr and one of our volunteers wrote:
"For what it's worth, the VH registration looks like VH-UHQ. Which takes me to these two links: edcoatescollection1. The aircraft was later re-registered as VH-AAQ - the story is here  edcoatescollection2. The ladies name is mentioned as a Miss Betty Faux.
The majority of aircraft in Australia's early years were registered VH-U followed by two other letters."
Here's the Trove image and article for Miss Betty Faux

This would have been a tragic ending to a very talented lady. What do you think? Are the two women in these photographs the same person, only ten or so years apart? If you have any more information we welcome your comments on the Flickr image itself or here on the blog.

More mystery images can be found via our Pitch In! project page.
We'd like to think that people in these images haven't been forgotten, but are remembered by their living relatives and awaiting discovery.





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Unfortunately i can't help you. But wouldn't it be fantastic if we could use some facial recognition technology to confirm her identity :) The future helping define the past

That is a great idea! There are still a few mysteries to solve. Miss Betty Faux was a member of the NSW Royal Aero club, but the women in the SLQ photo is suggested to be a Queenslander. Was the photo really taken in Queensland or was she in fact from NSW, not Queensland? More research on Betty may prove fruitful.

This first image is also available through the Kilcoy History Society's image database. It is Mr Edwin Randall on horseback, Monsildale Road, Sheep Station Creek, via Kilcoy . He and wife Jane selected Portion 107 26 September 1887. It is thought the house was one of the first sawn timber houses built in the Sheep Station Creek area. Regards, Noela Lowien - Research and publishing officer for Kilcoy District Historical Society.

Thanks so much for that information, Noela. We'll update our catalogue record to reflect that information. Mystery solved!

Miss Ivy Pearce is shown in the article (11th June 1936) showing her standing on the wing and leaning against the fuselage of a plane with the registration ending in "Q". It looks similar to the plane shown. This would agree with the registration noted above. See: