Moynehans General Store, Yabba Road, Imbil, 1945. [Photographer: Catherine Stehbens]

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Comments (14)

EVA_L on February 6, 2009

One moment from real life, miraculously preserved in this photo! All detailes are real and touching: a girl in a white dress, the horse in the background, a dog...

Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 6, 2009

Dear Eva,

All this still lives in me. My Uncle George, my cousin Cathie, the shop that they owned during the 1956-1980 period, the place where I was employed from the age of 8 to 18 in my school holidays and on Saturday mornings, the horse I first rode, and the dog that protected me when I was an infant: my village, my history, my home.

Ian

EVA_L on February 6, 2009

After your story I am quite differently looked at this picture! How interesting that all this is of direct relevance to you, your childhood!

Warm regards, Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 6, 2009

Dear Eva,

Thank you for allowing me to share glimpses of a past era - images of which I am now passing on to future generations through GE.

Yan

Leo Laps on February 7, 2009

You just gave me a beautiful idea to spend my lazy hours in Blumenau: I will research my mother's boxes for pictures of those good old times. Like Eva, was really interesting to browse this picture after your story.

A big hug

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2009

Dear Leo,

I am delighted that I have sparked an idea for you. I have found that Google Earth is accepting historical photos, and in using GE I find it enriches the discoveries. But historical photos do need some story, and some significance, I believe.

This photo is not just about me of course, for "Moynehan's" was the principal store in town and still is today, though I think it is now called "Your Friendly Grocer".

It is a pity that you had to work so hard while you were in Brisbane. I would have liked to have you visit Imbil, for it is a special place. But you did get to Bellingen and the Bellinger Valley, on the way south, and it is quite like our Mary Valley.... complete with flying foxes at dusk.

How do I say "a big hug" in Portugese? Please say it for me, and then receive it from me...both of you.

Ian

♫ Swissmay on February 17, 2009

Thank you, dear Ian and dear Catherine, for this photo. Those old photos show us a world so different from the one of today. Have you ever seen, what it looks like now? Warm regards, May

Bulbas on March 20, 2009

Hallo Ian. And who is represented in a photo who these people and there their three if seems to me correct for me.

Ian Stehbens on March 22, 2009

Greetings, Bulbas,

This is a scene from my childhood, Bulbas.

All this still lives in me. My Uncle George, my cousin Cathie, outside the shop that they owned during the 1956-1980 period> This is the place where I was employed from the age of 8 to 18 in my school holidays and on Saturday mornings. The horse I first rode, and the dog that protected me when I was an infant. My village, my history, my home.

Ian

Bulbas on March 24, 2009

So tell in a photo there two persons or three, still the figure at the left is seen

Respectfully Bulbas

Ian Stehbens on March 24, 2009

Dear Bulbas,

I don't know who she is. But your question makes me want to investigate.

The photo was taken when the store was closed, as evidenced by the chain that is across the opening. So it was taken on a Saturday afternoon, Sunday, or public holiday. The chain was originally intended to keep out horses or cows that may have been roaming the village, having got out of their enclosures or fenced fields.

The woman is probably someone closely associated with the business or the family, as it was not open for business at the time of the photo. However if she was a member of the family, I believe she would not be trying to hide behind the post, but would have been in the photo. That rules out my Aunt, the wife and mother of the other two. My most likely suspect is Mrs Moynehan, the owner of the business, for whom my uncle worked. Mr Moynehan, the original owner, had died by this stage, and Mrs Moynehan lived on the premises.

Eventually, through Mrs Moynehan's generosity, my uncle was able to purchase the business, but that was 10 years later than this photo.

So who is the third woman? I don't know, but think it could well be Mrs Moynehan.

The photo was taken by my Grandmother, Catherine Stehbens.

Ian

Bulbas on March 24, 2009

Greetings Ian Is glad to hear you again! It was the interesting story, it is always interesting to examine old photos:) if it would be real to see progress, it would be impossible to approach... (zoom)!!!

motorhand on March 7, 2012

Very nice these historical moments !

Ian Stehbens on March 7, 2012

And it is good to be able to share them with you Matthias for I was entrusted with them by my grandmother. She taught me to appreciate landscape photography from an early age. Apart from her own photography, she would collect published photos and then sit and share them with me. One of her collections was called Beautiful Australia.

Ian

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