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Hermitage House411 viewsAn image taken not long before the 1963 demolition of Hermitage House in Hermitage Park. Originally the home of the Cramb family, who sold what was then called Cramb Park to the Town Council in 1911 for £3,750, the mansion served as a World War One hospital for the wounded, then became an annexe to Hermitage School. After 1926 it became a council workshop and store. Image supplied by Stewart Noble.
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Baird by Conroy411 viewsHelensburgh artist Stephen Conroy painted this portrait of TV inventor John Logie Baird. He was specially commissioned by the Scottish Post Office Board to paint six portraits for a postcard series to celebrate the contribution Scots have made to communication, in the year of 1989 when the first Edinburgh Festival of Science and Technology took 'communication' as its theme.
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Garelochhead Hotel view411 viewsThe view looking north from outside Garelochhead Hotel. It was was demolished following a serious fire in the 1990s. Image circa 1906.
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Hermitage patients411 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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Loch and Ben Lomond411 viewsA steamer on Loch Lomond, with Ben Lomond in the distance, circa 1912.
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Tarbet Pier411 viewsThe steamer Maid of the Loch is seen arriving at Tarbet Pier. Image circa 1958.
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Cove Burgh Hall410 viewsThen described as Kilcreggan Public Buildings and U.F.Church, this picture was used on a postcard published by Kerr, Post Office, Kilcreggan, circa 1905. It sits on the boundary between Cove and Kilcreggan and has been known for many years as Cove Burgh Hall. In recent years it has been very successfully run by a local committee who acquired it from the local authority for a nominal sum.
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David Clyde with Olivia de Havilland410 viewsDavid Clyde, the oldest of three siblings from a Helensburgh family who all became well known actors, played the butler in the 1943 film Princess O'Rourke, a comedy romance written and directed by Norman Krasna and starring Olivia de Havilland (left) as the princess and Charles Coburn (right) as her uncle. A pilot (Robert Cummings) falls in love with a woman he believes is intending to become a maid, little suspecting that she is actually a princess. It won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
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Mystery Rhu group410 viewsThis image supplied by Alistair Quinlan show a Rhu group, possibly a church outing, circa 1910. Back row third right is his grandfather, William Lyon Winton, and sprawling on the grass front left is his brother, Arthur Burnett Winton. Their brother, Sidney Walker Winton, who was between them in age is probably wearing the white shirt, to the right of the cornet (5th right front). Any more information would be welcome.
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Whistlefield410 viewsA view of Whistlefield from the north, looking towards the Gareloch, circa 1925.
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Cove409 viewsCove is pictured from Baron Point in this picture printed in Saxony. Image date unknown, but probably from the early 1900s.
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Fruin Water409 viewsAn old image of the Fruin Water. Image date and exact location not known.
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