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Seafront Putting Green1079 viewsThe card is postmarked 1957.
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Camis Eskan House1075 viewsAn aerial view of Camis Eskan House, circa 1972, when it was in use as a hospital. The main part was built in 1648 by the Dennistouns, who had a royal connection through marriage. In 1836 the mansion was sold to Colin Campbell from Renfrewshire, and his descendants owned it until November 1946 when it was bought by the then Dunbartonshire County Council. Well known Helensburgh architect A.N.Paterson was commissioned by the then tenant, lawyer Leonard Gow, to modernise and extend the building in 1915. During the Second World War it was requisitioned by the Government and used as a hospital for Polish Army casualties, then rented to the County Council for use as a hospital for, first, TB patients, then infectious diseases, then maternity, and finally geriatric use. In 1979 it was developed for private flats and dwellings. Image supplied by Robert Reid.
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Helensburgh Infectious Diseases Hospital1071 viewsThis hospital was adjacent to the Victoria Infirmary, and was in operation from 1875 to 1956. It was demolished three years later.
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NOT Madeleine Smith and her family1065 viewsThis picture appears in several books and is claimed to be Madeleine Smith who was tried in 1857 for the murder of her lover, Pierre Emile L’Angelier, and her family. However experts have concluded that, while it is an image of a Victorian family, it is definitely not the Smith family.
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Hermitage under 14s1063 viewsThe Hermitage Academy under 14 'A' football team who won the West Dunbartonshire League in 1962, winning 15 out of 16 matches. Back: G.Don, A.Brabender, A.Quinlan, A.Stimson, K.Thompson, G.Gall, G.McKerrow; front: teacher Mr McKinnon, M.Mickie, A.Sharpe (capt), A.McGougan, S.Colquhoun, janitor and coach Angus McWilliams. Missing from the picture was C.McKell.
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Helensburgh 1st XV 19721063 viewsThe Helensburgh Rugby Club 1st XV pictured at Ardencaple. Standing: Peter Foster, Peter Elles, unknown, unknown, unknown, Brian Johnstone, Alasdair Glendye, Graham Heron; front: Stewart Aitken, Julian Rey, Jimmy Findlay, Dave Muir, Howard Morrison, Malcolm Bell, Alastair Baird.
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Rosneath Castle1061 viewsCompleted in 1806 by London-based architect Joseph Bonomi, this neo-classical mansion replaced a castle burnt down in 1802. It was used as a military hospital during the First World War and was home to Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Louise, the Dowager Duchess of Argyll, until her death in 1939. It was an HQ for the Rosneath Naval Base in World War Two, then abandoned, then damaged by fire in 1947, and demolished in 1961. Image circa 1903.
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Larchfield School 19151059 viewsBack: Colin Donald, Tom Wedgwood, Alec Young, Eric Oastler, Cyril Cameron, Amery Wedgwood, Ian McDougall, ?, ? Begg, John Gray, Henry MacFarlane, G.Baird, I.McGeoch, D.Mackenzie; 2nd back: R.H.Ottman, ? Harrison, T.Gordon, A.McGeoch, ? Gray, ? Gow, Tom MacFarlane, Edward Maclachlan, Robert Young, Ian McEwan; seated: Mr Carter, Mr Nelson, G.Balfour, N.Bruce, ? Matthew, Mrs Perkins, headmaster T.T.N.Perkins, Ronald Young, ? Ross, A.N.Paterson, Mr Pearson; front: ? Steven, Jack Macdonald, A.Paul, ? Guest, Ian Maclachlan, A.Frew, R.Angus, Donald Macdonald, L.White, Stanley Ternouth. Image supplied by Fiona Forrest (nee Maclachlan).
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Salute to champion1058 viewsFellow competitors at the annual Larchfield School Sports Day in June 1935 and a teacher salute the champion.
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West End United 19651058 viewsHelensburgh's West End United football team which took part in the Gareloch League, which also included teams from the Faslane base, Arrochar, Garelochhead, Rosneath and Kilcreggan. The club was run by secretary Jimmy Shields for ten years, and after his death the team folded. In January 1965 picture by well known burgh photographer Bill Benzie are (back) Mr Shields, W.Ross, J.Moffat, A.Dennett (capt), T.Griffiths, J.Smith, J.Cameron, (front) K.Johansson, j.Healey, J.Mackay, J.Scullion, B.Johnston.
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Rotary Golf1057 viewsMembers of Helensburgh Rotary Club with their counterparts from the Dumbarton club at Cardross Golf Club on June 27 1984 for the annual match.
The burgh members are — front: Angus Wylie (2nd from left), Gordon Mickel (right); standing: Ian Baird, Gordon Burgess, Fraser Nicol, Jim McBlane, Hamish Andrew, Gordon Hattle, Walter Bryden, David Esslemont and Angus Trail. Holding the trophies are Dumbarton's Billy Ritchie and Sam Diab, both Helensburgh residents.
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East Clyde Street1056 viewsThe lamp standard on the left marks the entrance to the Queen's Hotel. Postmarked 1920.
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