Sometimes people find or acquire items they don’t know what to do with so when all else fails, they turn to Lost Newcastle.
Our city’s archives and collections are the best places for important items, but not everything will be accepted to be added to, for example, the Newcastle Museum collection.
At Lost Newcastle, we love to try to return things to families as much as we can.
We were recently handed a bag of personal papers belonging to Dossie Violet Lucas of Perkins Street, Newcastle. It contains lots of the stuff we usually throw out – old bills and receipts, birthday and Christmas cards, lottery tickets, and just two photos.
The portrait of the woman is assumed to be Dossie’s mother, Mary Wilhelme/ine Lucas nee Peschel, and the house is unknown.
Fortunately, Dossie was an organised woman and the bag does contain a few items that give us quite a bit of information that we hope will help us return the items to any remaining family.
So what do we know about Dossie Violet Lucas? She was the daughter of George Charles Lucas (died Newcastle 1923) and Mary Wilhelmine Peschel (died Newcastle 1948). Mary’s death notice in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate notes that she was 86 and the mother of Esther, Dossie, Alma Parker, Verney, Gertrude (deceased) and grandma of Lloyd and George.
‘Dossie’ was her registered birth name according the the South Australian registry and she was born in Gawler, South Australia, on 8 April 1890, and died in Newcastle in 1986. Both of her parents are buried at Sandgate Cemetery.
We also know that Dossie worked at Lowes in Hunter Street in the 1950s and in 1918 she ordered a ‘Wertheim Australian Piano’ from the Hugo Wertheim Pty Ltd in Adelaide for the grand sum of £97 to be delivered to Newcastle.
We’ve been unable to find a marriage or children for Dossie.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help us return this bag of Dossie’s ephemera to any surviving relatives.
Thanks to the efforts of Lost Newcastle members we’ve been able to return Dossie’s items to family.
Her great niece, Karen, got in touch and shared this photo of her parents. Her father was Dossie’s nephew (although we’re totally smitten with the beautiful smile on her mum on her wedding day).
Another job well done, Losties!