Monday, July 06, 2009

A Belshaw family photo

Just a family interlude.

James Horace Cyril This photo from cousin Cyril and taken in New Zealand around 1943 shows three generations of Belshaws.

In the front is my grandfather, also James Belshaw.

He was born in Platt Bridge near Wigan in 1867. That is, if my maths is correct, 142 years ago.

Just behind him is his son, Uncle Horace,  Horace himself born at 33 Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge, Hindley on 28 February 1898. That's just 111 years ago.

Behind him is his son, first cousin Cyril, born 3 December 1921, at  Waddington near Christchurch. So Cyril is now around 88.

You wouldn't think it. While nearly blind, Cyril took us all over Vancouver.

I have commented before on the space of time in my family. There is a very great distance between industrial England at the peak of the industrial revolution and my daughters' worlds.


VP said...

Hi James, have stumbled on this and the other family shot with more Belshaws in it taken in 1943, including Mum and Keith. Remarkable photos. Do you have any other shots with Mum in them? If so, we would love to have copies as we only have a very few. There is a real likeness between David's son Robert who is now 6 and Keith in this photo. I hope all is well with you and your family in OZ, all is well in NZ, Viv P. (My email is

Jim Belshaw said...

Hi Viv. It's really great to hear from you! Will email direct.