This post is a simple photo album of all the photos I have (so far) of my grandmother, Amy Patricia Waddell, born in 1907 at Gympie in Queensland. She married Jeffrey Gordon Hapgood in 1931 in Kin Kin, and they moved to Malanda to run a dairy farm. They had 11 kids (including two who died as infants). Jeff died of bowel cancer in 1955 leaving Pat Waddell a widow to run the dairy farm and look after 9 kids. She died in 1983 in Atherton, North Queensland. This post is to share the photos I have so far of her. I have a couple more but they include pictures of my father and aunts and uncles, and I have either cropped or not shared these on purpose (my fathers generation are not completely comfortable with personal photos on the internet).
UPDATE Nov 2022: My Aunts and cousins once again contributed more photos to add to this photo album. Thankyou Aunt R and J and cousins S and C! All photos welcome!
Amy Pat Waddell as a child
Amy Patricia Waddell, known as “Pat” lived initially in Two Mile, near Gympie, where her Dad George Waddell ran the Two Mile Hotel . She was apparently a very independent and strong willed person and there is one fantastic photo of her as a kid taken about 1915, with curly ringlets like Shirley Temple poking out from under her hat, all dressed up in a fur coat and a matching handbag, standing in a very cheeky and defiant hands on hips pose.
Amy initially went to Two Mile State School. She started officially in 1912, but appeared in the school year photo in 1911 (aged 4). Amy Patricia Waddell is 2nd row from front, 2nd from right, in dark dress with wide white collar and big hair. See also next circled inset. My cousin S* and her Mum told me that although Amy Patricia appears in this photo in 1911, she was not on the Two Mile school roll. She enrolled officially in 1912 but she apparently wanted to go to school and wouldn’t leave… So in the end they let her stay even though she was only 4!! This probably also explains why she wouldn’t sit still for the photo…
By 1916, the Waddells had moved to Kin Kin area, and James, Amy Pat and Jessie Waddell were all enrolled at the Kin Kin Junction school which had just opened in 1916. They went to school with some of the Hapgood kids, who would later become her sisters in law. There is a photo of all the kids on the verandah at the opening. More about the Kin Kin school, including some of Olga Hapgoods recollections, are in an earlier post.
Pat Waddell as a young woman
This photo is of Pat Waddell (second from left) and her sisters Jess and Dorrie (4th & 5th from left) taken at Luna Park in Melbourne in 1930. Pat was down visiting Dorrie and they posed for this fun snapshot.
Train trip from Gympie to Cooktown – Amy Pat is shown second from right, seated and wearing a white hat. Her dad George Waddell is also in the picture, second from left, just his face behind other mans shoulder. George and his daughter Amy went on a train trip to Charters Towers, Townsville, Rockhampton & ended up in Cooktown to visit Amys brother (Malcolm?) who was working up there. Its possible that there are other Waddell family members in this photo, (maybe the girl seated next to Amy who looks a bit like Jean ?).
A few months before she died, Amy wanted to go back to Cooktown, so one of her daughters, her son in law and granddaughter took her up for a few days. Dad tells me that they were trying to find Malcolm’s place and they had directions and Amy kept saying “No, no, its further down, its further down” and they drove on and she was right! She remembered exactly where it was exactly decades later.
We also have this photo of Amy Pat “Pattie” hiding behind a young child…
At some point, Amy Pat went on a holiday with her sister Jean to Lake Macquarie. We have two photos from this trip. I would guess this is later than the Cooktown trip as Jean and Pat are travelling without their father, and
Wedding of Amy Pat Waddell to Jeff Hapgood, 1931
Pat Hapgood in Malanda
Not long after marrying, Pat and Jeff Hapgood moved to Malanda and had their eldest child (R). These two photos go together as they appear to be taken on the same day (based on R’s outfit) around 1932. Proud parents!
This photo appears to be around the same era as the one above, as Mags (on the right, shading her eyes) is wearing the same dress – Amy Pat “Pattie” (crouching in front of Mags) is wearing a similar dress also.
Amy Pat as a Grandmother
Once again I am sure there are heaps more photos out there, so if you would like to share them, please send them anytime and I will update this post to add them ( karenhapgood @ gmail . com )
Wow, an ancestor post that is illustrated with many pics. So much more interesting when there are images to complement the text.
I like the way you told the story of her life with photos 😀
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Thank you, Chris