PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Last month I posted a story about Uncle Leek’s Tea House at Mersey Bluff. The post included half a dozen photos taken between 1906 and 1910. Here is one more photo with presumably Uncle Leek himself. You can see all the wonderful details with an illustration of a bird in the top left corner, a rock garden at the bottom right and a seemingly brand new gramophone in the foreground. Clearly it was a popular and magical paradise for all to enjoy.
Judith Ann Jacques
Your wonderful feature photograph is part of my own Family History. My Great Grandfather, John Jacques, along with his brother William were Lighthouse Keepers at the Bluff, Devonport. My Grandfather William James was born there, as was his own first born Gofforey. William had married the beautiful young Elsie Matilda Green, a farmers daughter and they lived their early days together at the Lighthouse. The connection with the teahouse is a story passed down from my uncle Gofforey. John Jacques had made a replica of an old sailing boat from Huon Pine with sails to match, a perfectly scaled down model, which toddler Goff and another small friend could sail in. The story is that his mother (my grandmother) obviously in need of money, sold this beautiful boat to the famous Mr Leek, who proudly displayed the piece in his Bluff Tea Gardens. Goff never forgave his mother, so he would say...and I wonder what happened to that dream boat? Thank you for this fabulous site.
What a fantastic story! Perhaps someone out there will know what happened to the dream boat.
Was there a boarding house/guest house there at some stage. My husband’s aunt said she worked there as a housemaid in the 20’s.
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