New Collection Items – Mitchell, Donaldson and Laughton Family Photographs Part 1

Collection items are slowly being added to the collection search page and I include below some recent additions from an extensive family album. These include photographs that demonstrate the links between three Brisbane families: the Donaldson, Mitchells and Laughtons.

Donaldsons

There are two branches of Brisbane Donaldsons descended from the same family: one branch arrived from Scotland and settled around Bulimba prior to the First World War (see Balmoral Cemetery: A family history outing); the other arrived in Brisbane via South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria after the war. (see The Don: Major Robert Johnstone Donaldson DSO). It is this second branch that we are concerned with below.

Mitchells and Laughtons

The Mitchell and Laughton families require a little more research, although I can say that the Laughtons spent time in British India, and in London, before coming to Australia. The photographs below, and in a related set of images recently added to the collection (see ) begin to tell these family stories.

The Photographs

This series of family photographs were taken at Alma St, Clayfield, Brisbane. They include three generations of the Mitchell family in Brisbane, including a great group portrait of the entire clan in about 1919.

Photograph-Album Page - Mitchell Family Portraits; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson; c. 1919; 6.1.2
Photograph-Album Page - Mitchell Family Portraits; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson; after 1914; 6.1.1

Two images of the engagement and marriage of Gwenda Elizabeth Laughton and Robert Johnstone Donaldson, my paternal grandparents, who were married at the Catholic Apostolic Church on Manning Street, South Brisbane, in 1940-41.

Photograph-Album Page - Donaldson-Laughton Wedding; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson; 1940; 6.3.2
Photograph-Album Page - Donaldson-Laughton Wedding; Gwenda Elizabeth Donaldson; 1940; 6.3.1
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