Postcards from Australia: A Fair Prospect

12 Aug

Unlike most of the postcards I feature on my blog this one has a direct family connection, the message on the back is of more interest to me than the picture on the front and it is not actually part of my postcard collection.

A Fair Prospect

I know virtually nothing about the postcard itself, other than what is printed on the front. The artist is J. Hutchings and it is part of the Australian Series. The message on the back is dated 28th May 1907, but it was presumably sent in an envelope because there is no stamp and the left hand side has been trimmed.

A Fair Prospect (reverse)

The card was sent to my 2x great-grandparents Henry and Dorothy Isabella BATEMAN (who had by this time moved from Brighton, Sussex to Hurstpierpoint, Sussex) by their son William Joseph Henry BATEMAN. The message mentions May, who would be Dorothy May BATEMAN, William’s sister and my great-grandmother.

The message pretty much speaks for itself, probably fairly typical of cards and letters sent to families back home. I love the comment that he would have written a letter but there was no paper. The photos mentioned were probably of his first son William Thomas Henry BATEMAN who was born on the 1st October 1906, sadly they don’t appear to have survived.

2 Responses to “Postcards from Australia: A Fair Prospect”

  1. geniaus August 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm #


    What a charming card. This is a wonderful Australian resource. Have you considered contributing the images to PictureAustralia via Flickr. You can find details at
    The images would then be available via the National Library’s Trove

    Regards, Jill

  2. John Gasson August 13, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    Thanks for sharing that link, there are some wonderful images on there. I am going to have to spend some time digging a little deeper. I have several other postcards and photos sent “home” from Australia and this would be a great way to share them. Thanks.

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