A Letter from Evelyn Bancroft

12/06/2008

Dear Jan,

Will hopefully cover all points.

Dr Bancroft’s house was Dr. Joseph’s house and it was only small to start with. He actually did not live there as much! He went down there mainly at the weekends. Dr. Joseph died in 1894. I think my copy of the photo has a date on it. Will not be able to check until the weekend. The photo of the lad on the horse is Wibraham Hulme. His mother Ellen was a half sister to Dr. Joseph and Dr. Joseph brought the family to Australia when Ellen was widowed.

Supplied by evelyn bancroft LOUIS OLDFIELD BANCROFT, SON OF DR THOMAS LANE BANCROFT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, REFER TO THE PUBLICATION “THE BANCROFT TRADITION”
LOUIS OLDFIELD BANCROFT, SON OF DR THOMAS LANE BANCROFT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, REFER TO THE PUBLICATION “THE BANCROFT TRADITION”

The Silk lace dress was not a christening dress. It was made for Mabel Josephine Bancroft (Jo) Circa 1902 and possibly by her mother Cecilia Mary Bancroft (Dr. Tom’s Wife).

christening-gown-019 supplied by evelyn bancroft

The group of men at a lagoon at Burpengary was taken on 28/5/1900 by Dr. Tom. Only three men are identified and they are Mr Silcock, Tom Petrie and Lord Lamington.

supplied by evelyn bancroft LEFT TO RIGHT :- MR PHILIP SILCOCK (AN ASSOCIATE OF DR THOMAS LANE BANCROFT) / ? / TOM PETRIE / LORD LAMINGTON (QUEENSLAND GOVERNOR) / ?
LEFT TO RIGHT :- MR PHILIP SILCOCK (AN ASSOCIATE OF DR THOMAS LANE BANCROFT) / ? / TOM PETRIE / LORD LAMINGTON (QUEENSLAND GOVERNOR) / ?

I still have to check out the Aboriginal as I think he was a Brisbane fellow.

The caption beside the photograph of Dr. Tom and somewhere else states that they researched plants. They researched anything and everything. Flora fauna, fish, snakes, animals, trees, flowers etc, etc.

Aunty Jo did not just specialise in malaria, she did a lot of work on insects i.e; cockroaches etc!!

Have enclosed some photos if you can return them sometime. The one with the scrub turkey’s nest that is Louis Bancroft Centre front.

Regards Evelyn
(Bancroft)

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