I never usually know what ‘international day’ it is but happened to see that today it’s in honour of rural women, so thought I’d share with you this rare photo of my great-grandmother taken of her alone.
For much of her life she worked on their fruit farm at Applethorpe, also keeping it going for a time with her young children after her husband suddenly died aged 54. I believe the only holiday she ever really had was on the ship journey she took from Italy to Australia in 1934. She was a hard worker, determined, a loyal wife and raised three children. Sadly, she was also to die young at just 50, only a couple of years after her husband.
I love that in this picture it appears like a shaft of light is falling across her. I also love that this is the only one of her in bare feet. xxx
2 responses to “Bisnonna Francesca in her orchards, early 1950s…”
Certainly a gorgeous photo. The rural women really knew what hard work farm life was like back in those days
Absolutely, Rosemary, they worked hard both inside and outside the house. Have so much admiration and respect for them. xx