An Inverell man with links to the Manning and Camden Haven has provided us with a glimpse of the area around the time of World War I.
Peter McCarthy’s grandfather, Alfred ‘Alf’ Cavalchini had a bakery in Isabella Street, Wingham during World War I and he was a photographer, documenting the Manning and Camden Haven at that time.
Peter lives in Inverell and was schooled at Kendall and Taree High. He will return to Kendall on Remembrance Day 2018 to attend the service – his uncle and Alf’s brother-in-law, Leo Stanley Tisdell, is listed among the fallen on the Kendall war memorial.
A collection of some 62 photographs taken by Alf, were passed on to a Mr Evans by Peter’s aunty, and then became part of the State Library collection. Among the photos is one at Wingham during the Freedom March.
The collection also includes the Victory Day celebrations in Wingham on November 12, 1918. Though the Armistices was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 11am November 11, 1918, the time difference meant celebrations were held in Australia the following day.
Victory Day at Wingham in 1918 saw a function at the showground and a lunch catering for 1000 people.
Alfred also photographed Kew, looking down what later was the highway from the pub.
There are also a group of photos of Laurieton in 1916 recording the planting of 150 trees with substantial tree guards around them.