30 August 2006

X43 - The oldest Pitcairn postcard?


After a long period of just thinking about it, I have finally begun work on the latest full edition of the Pitcairn Postcard Catalogue. It will take a long time to re-scan all my own postcards in colour (I hope to print this edition in full colour) and sort out all the notes and files that I have collected since the last edition was published.

The postcard here (catalogued as X43 in the previous edition) is the oldest Pitcairn postcard that I know of. It is not in my collection and I know of only one copy (in the UK). The girl standing next to John Adams' headstone is Ruth Constance Petch, born Pitcairn 11th July 1878, only child of Walter Henry Petch and Elizabeth Maude Petch (nee Young). Thanks to Ron Edwards for the information.

2 comments:

Jamie said...

Marvellous! Keep up the fine work

Roslyn said...

Re postcard of Ruth Constance Petch, known as Connie, was born on Rarotonga on 11 July 1898 and died on 28 November 1984 at Normanton Queensland Australia. She was the daughter of Walter Henry Petch and Elizabeth Maud Petch (nee Young). Elizabeth Young left Pitcairn and sailed with the Seven Day Adventist to Rarotonga to train as a nurse. Connie went to live on Pitcairn with her parents when she was about 4 years of age. Roslyn (granddaughter)