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Photograph

1949 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This collection of photographs and items come from generations of the de Flondor women. They tell the story of an English family in early 20th century India and their eventual migration back to Britain. Through these objects, a historical and personal account of this time period emerges.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Black and white photographic print
Brief Description
Photograph of Christobel Mary and Henry Gustav Samuels, by unknown, black and white gelatin print, Scotland, 1949
Physical Description
Black and white snapshot photograph of a young girl (Christobel) being held by a man in uniform (Henry Samuels) outside. Behind them is single story brick building. The number 25 is written on the back in pencil.
Dimensions
  • Height: 8.5cm
  • Width: 6cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
25
Credit line
Given by Christobel Mary Spencer
Object history
Donor's note: "17. Christobel and 'Dad' Henry-1949 Lintwhite"

In 1947 the problems with the partition and independence grow worse. The government promised they would ensure all British citizens are given safe passage. Paulette (Daphne) had met and married Dickie Skull who was in banking, and shortly after they moved from Calcutta to London. Kathleen, Donald, Nanette and Christobel leave Calcutta and arrive safely in a refugee camp known as “Lintwhite Hostel” in Bridge of Wier, Refrewshite, Scotland.

Nanette meets Henry Gustav Samuels who had been sent to Lintwhite with his mother and his two brothers from Namur, Belgium as part of displaced persons organizations repatriating Europeans. Their father had died of tuberculosis in a German Prisoner of War Camp. Henry and Nanette marry September 19th, 2949 at St. Fillan’s Church Houston.

Summary
This collection of photographs and items come from generations of the de Flondor women. They tell the story of an English family in early 20th century India and their eventual migration back to Britain. Through these objects, a historical and personal account of this time period emerges.
Collection
Accession Number
B.45-2014

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record createdJuly 18, 2014
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