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Australian Portrait of a family group of eleven people, Albert Jones photographer

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Rentz and Schwartz family from Volhynia, Russia (Ukraine)

From the book The Old Country: Real Stories by those who have their roots in Volhynia, Russia (Ukraine) by Donald N. Miller. See end of post for more info.
(a book in my personal library)

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This is photo of the Schwartz family, including daughter Angela, her husband Adolf Rentz and 5 of their 7 children.

Family tree info from

Source of photo:

The Old Country: Real Stories by those who have their roots in Volhynia, Russia (Ukraine).

Available from author here:

Library reference info:

Bandzmer family with 12 children from Mosiejewka, Ukraine

Photo and story from FATE OF THE GERMAN BAPTIST PASTORS: Russian Volhynia, 1929-1938

The Bandzmer family immigrated to Canada in 1928. Pastor Bandzmer "served churches in the Michigan area and died in Detroit, MI on February 25, 1966. Family: wife: Paulina, and twelve children, Tusnelda, Otto, Olga, Jonathan, Adolph, Friedrich, Arnold, Ida, Tabea, Herta, Eugen ... and Erna."

Shaw family, Okanagan Valley, B.C.

This scan is from a book in my possession.  It's the Shaw family.  Names are at the bottom of the photo. Click to enlarge.

Family in an apartment window ca. 1950


It looks like possibly a  very shadowy person just behind and centre, or maybe that's just the lighting.

The Cratchits' Christmas pudding

The Cratchits' Christmas Pudding - By Edmund Brock
” But now, the plates being changed by Miss Belinda, Mrs Cratchit left the room alone — too nervous to bear witnesses — to take the pudding up, and bring it in. Suppose it should not be done enough! Suppose it should break in turning out! Suppose somebody should have got over the wall of the back-yard, and stolen it, while they were merry with the goose: a supposition at which the two young Cratchits became livid! All sorts of horrors were supposed. Hallo! A great deal of steam! The pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day! That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook’s next door to each other, with a laundress’s next door to that! That was the pudding. In half a minute Mrs Cratchit entered: flushed, but smiling proudly: with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top. Oh, a w…

O'Connell family, Ireland with 8 of 9 children.

This photo is from

The article is in particular about the two children on the lower right who now work together at Ballymaloe cooking school, and their Christmas memories in their large family.