In late autumn 2016 Tipperary Studies received a donation of family papers from the present owners of Ballinamona House, Cashel, the Clifton-Browne family. The papers relate to the Murphy family, previous owners of Ballinamona House. The collection contained 1,251 negative images.
While most are of Ballinamona House, grounds and family there are images from various parts of Tipperary, Ireland and England, with a lot of varied images of social life, farm animals, horses and families in and around Ballinamona. There are also several images of the Galtee mountains.
In the images taken by Mary Kathleen there are several which include Alfred Durham “Durrie” Murphy, DSO, MC (born 30 April 1890), brother to Edmond and Kathleen. He was a Lieut-Colonel with the Leinster Regiment in World War I. He was killed in action on 6 November 1917, aged 27 years.
Edmond was Hon. Secretary of the Irish Rainfall Association. He died on 20 March 1965, aged 78 years. Kathleen died on the 16th of February 1975, at Ballinamona House.
The text of Edmond’s images are as he has indexed them on the negative sleeves. While the contrast and exposure on several images was adjusted to enhance the finished image, there are several which were could not be enhanced and the quality is therefore somewhat duller.
A few minutes spent browsing these fascinating images will give wonderful insight into the social history of early 20th Century Tipperary, and beyond.