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Royal Guest453 viewsHRH Princess Anne watches children at work in the Drumfork Club at Churchill in the late 1960s.
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Rosneath House453 viewsA print of Rosneath Castle probably from a book written by John M.Leighton around 1840, entitled "Strath Clutha or Beauties of the Clyde". The name J.Fleming is in the bottom left corner and the name Joseph Swan in the bottom right corner. John Fleming was a Greenock artist who lived from 1792-1845. Joseph Swan was a Glasgow engraver and, it would appear, something of an entrepreneur. Image supplied by Stewart Noble.
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Seafront view453 viewsA Tuck & Sons Oilette postcard of Helensburgh seafront, circa 1907. It was painted by Henry Wimbush, who was most active in painting between 1881 and 1908 when he lived at various addresses in London. Like many of his contemporaries in the Tuck's postcards stable, he toured Britain for inspiration and his coverage was far more comprehensive than many of the other Tuck illustrators — including a number of Clyde scenes. His watercolours were published by Tuck between 1904 and 1908, the majority in the Oilette series.
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Clynder452 viewsA very old view of Clynder and Barremman from Rosneath.
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Garelochhead452 viewsA view from the north of the valley down to Garelochhead and the Gareloch beyond. Image circa 1920.
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Publicity picture451 viewsJohn Logie Baird smiles broadly for a publicity still with Gwen Farrar, a London-born singer, cellist and film actress, who was the stage partner of singing pianist Norah Blaney. Image date unknown.
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Hermitage collection451 viewsDuring World War One from 1914-18 the Helensburgh Town Council-owned Hermitage House in Hermitage Park became a military hospital with a capacity for 58 patients who were sent from Stobhall Hospital in Glasgow. The wounded men in their blue uniforms were a familiar sight in the town, being wheeled around the park by their nurses. A number of local ladies and girls helped out in the hospital and the local Red Cross detachment also assisted the trained nurses. Many local girls met their future husbands among the wounded ‘tommies’, and patients were taken on outings in a horse-drawn carriage from Waldie & Co. in Sinclair Street.
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Past presidents dine451 viewsA dinner for past presidents of Helensburgh Rotary Club held in the Rosslea Hall Hotel, Rhu, in 1998. The guest speaker was the Rev James Simpson who was famous for a book of Christmas jokes and had been minister of Dornoch Cathedral. Front: Mel McDonald, Cyril Thompson, Fraser Nicol, Jim McBlane, Gordon Burgess, Donald Fullarton, Hamish Andrew, Bill Morrison, Jim Strange; back: Stan Latimer, Angus Wylie, Rev David Clark, Ron Dunachie, Ian Mowat, 1998 president Graham Smith, Malcolm Jones, Rev James Simpson, George Boyd, David Arthur, Gordon Hattle, Rex Cook.
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Auchendennan450 viewsAuchendennan House was from 1945 to 2013 a Youth Hostel and is reputed to have its own ghost. This view, circa 1956, shows Loch Lomond and Inchmurrin island beyond. Used for hunting by Robert the Bruce when he lived at Cardross, and then a church possession of Dunbarton, Auchendennan was feued about the time of Flodden to one of the Dennistouns, Andrew of Cardross, whose descendants held it for 100 years and then the Napiers of Kilmahew for another 100 years. The present mansion was built in 1867 by Glasgow merchant George Martin, and it is now back in private ownership.
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Dad and friend450 viewsThe Rev John Baird, father of TV inventor John Logie Baird, with Baird's childhood friend and later financial backer, entertainer and film star Jack Buchanan, who lived across the road in West Argyle Street, in 1900.
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Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr450 viewsA Front of House Lobby Card featuring Burt Lancaster and Helensburgh film star Deborah Kerr in the MGM production of 'The Gypsy Moths'. A 1969 American film, directed by John Frankenheimer, it was based on the novel of the same name by James Drought. It is the story of three barnstorming skydivers and their effect on a midwestern American town. At the time, the sport of skydiving was in its infancy.
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Gareloch sunset450 viewsYachts moored on the Gareloch at Rhu in the sunset, circa 1935.
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