Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day & children

DAUGHTERS of CAPTAIN JAMES DAY and RACHEL POCOCK 1847-1942
CHILDREN of THOMAS and ELIZABETH NEVIN nee DAY 1872-1974
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE Albert NEVIN and EMILY DAVIS 1917

Elizabeth Rachel NEVIN nee Day (1847-1914)

Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day ca. 1900

Elizabeth Rachel Day ca. 1868 and 1870
Phtographs taken by Thomas J. Nevin
Versos carry the studio stamp of his firm “Nevin & Smith”

Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day 1873 and 1878
All portraits of his wife by photographer Thomas J. Nevin (1842-1923)
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Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day, wife of Thomas J. Nevin (1842-1923), was born in London on 26th March 1847 and christened at St Mary’s, Rotherhithe, London, UK on 28th April 1847. Her parents Captain James Day and Rachael Pocock were married at St David’s Anglican Church, Hobart on January 6th, 1841, witnessed by Captain James Day’s brother-in-law, merchant mariner Captain Edward Goldsmith. Her father James Day, was born on 10th June 1806, Yorkshire, and died in Hobart, Tasmania on 21st November 1882. Her younger sister Mary Sophia Day was born in Hobart on 9th March 1853 and died in Melbourne on 18th June 1942. Elizabeth Rachel Day was named after her father’s sister, Elizabeth Day, who married Captain Edward Goldsmith at Liverpool, UK in 1829. Elizabeth Rachel Day married photographer Thomas James Nevin on 12th July, 1871 at the Wesleyan Chapel, Kangaroo Valley, Hobart Tasmania. Their marriage notice appeared in several issues of the Hobart Mercury from 15th July to 10th August 1871.

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NEVIN-DAY – On Wednesday, 12th July, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Kangaroo Valley, by the Rev. J. Hutchison, Thomas, eldest son of Mr. J. Nevin, of Kangaroo Valley, to Elizabeth Rachael [sic], eldest daughter of Captain Day, of Hobart Town.

Above: The NEVIN-DAY wedding photograph pictured here placed on the original brown paper in which the Nevin family have kept this carte and several others of family members by Thomas J. Nevin.
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Children of Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin
Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin had seven children between 1872 and 1888, six surviving to adulthood.

Above: Children of Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin 1872-1888

Above: Archives Office of Tasmania
Colonial Tasmanian Families (search Names index)

May (Mary Florence Elizabeth ) Nevin (1872-1955).
Mary Florence Elizabeth Nevin, known as May to living descendants, was born at 140 Elizabeth St. Hobart Town, the location of Thomas Nevin’s photographic studio (late A. Bock’s). Her vocation was dressmaker. She was still living with her father when he died at 270 Elizabeth St. Hobart in 1923.

Above: May (Mary Florence Elizabeth) Nevin (1872-1955)
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Mary Florence Elizabeth Nevin, known as May Nevin, second from right in fur coat.
From left: Mary Sophia Axup’s son Sidney Axup; behind him is his wife Emily Axup nee Tyson; in front of her is Sidney’s mother Mary Sophia Axup nee Day; next in the fur is Mary Sophia Axup’s niece May Nevin, (Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin’s eldest daughter),and extreme right is Eva Baldwin nee Axup, Mary Sophia Axup’s eldest daughter
Taken on the steps of St. John’s 15.07.1939 at the wedding of Ella Baldwin to Glynn (David) Davis.

Thomas James (Sonny) Nevin (1874-1948).
Thomas James Nevin, known as “Sonny” to the family, and in later years, as Sergeant T. Nevin of the Salvation Army, was also born at the residence attached to his father’s studio, the City Photographic Establishment, 138-140 Elizabeth St. Hobart Town.

Above: Sergeant Thomas James Nevin in Salvation Army uniform. ca. 1930
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Above: Sergeant Thomas James Nevin in Salvation Army uniform. ca. 1945
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Sydney John Nevin (1876-1877)
Sydney John Nevin lived only four months; he was born at the Hobart Town Hall where the Nevin family resided from Thomas Nevin’s appointment as Office and Hall Keeper in January 1876 to December 1880. Although no photograph has been forthcoming from family collections, this photograph by Thomas Nevin of a baby (with blue tinting on the pillow) may have been taken of Sydney in his first few months.

A vignetted cdv of a baby resting on a pillow which is heavily daubed with bright blue ink. The same coloured ink was used to print the verso with Nevin’s most common commercial studio stamp “T. Nevin late A. Bock” etc and dates to ca. 1871-1874. Courtesy of © The Liam Peters Collection 2010. All right reserved.

William John Nevin (1878-1927)
William John Nevin was born at the Town Hall, Hobart during his father’s incumbency there as the Office and Hall Keeper. He was named after his father’s younger brother, William John Nevin (1851-1891). William died in a horse-and-cart accident in 1927.

Above: William John Nevin (1878-1927)
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Above: William John Nevin, furniture removalist ca. 1926
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George Ernest Nevin (1880-1957)
George Ernest Nevin was also born at the Town Hall, Hobart.

George Ernest Nevin, aged 6 yrs, ca. 1886
Taken by his father Thomas J. Nevin, New Town studio,
B&W copy deposited 30/8/1974 by Drew family at the Archives Office of Tasmania
Ref: NS434/1/245 Tasmanian Archives Collection (TAHO)

Above: George Ernest Nevin ca. 1915 in best suit
Full length portrait with wicker whatnot
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Above: George Nevin ( extreme right with dog) and rabbiteers ca, 1900
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Above: George Nevin on viewer’s right, with his brother Albert’s father-in-law, Jack Davis, 1930s.
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On left, George Nevin ca. 1953 with unknown friend in light suit
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Mary Ann (Minnie) Nevin (1884-1974)
Mary Ann Nevin, known as Minnie to living descendants was the second and youngest daughter born to Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin.

Above: Minnie Nevin, aged 2yrs, ca. 1886
Taken by her father Thomas Nevin, New Town studio,
B&W copy deposited 30/8/1974 by Drew family at the Archives Office of Tasmania
Ref: NS434/1/236 Tasmanian Archives Collection (TAHO)

Above: Minnie Nevin, aged 15yrs, ca. 1900. Unattributed
B&W copy deposited 30/8/1974 by Drew family at the Archives Office of Tasmania
Ref: NS434/1/230 Tasmanian Archives Collection (TAHO)

Above: Minnie Drew nee Mary Ann Nevin ca. 1915
Youngest daughter Mary Ann (“Minnie”) Nevin married James Henry Alfred Drew, carrier and van proprietor, formerly of Richmond Tasmania, on 28th March 1907 at her parents’ residence, 270 Elizabeth St. Hobart. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. H. Cain. Minnie Drew gave birth to five children between 1908 and 1914: Reginald, Jean, Joyce, and twins Lola and Lorna..
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From left to right:
Minnie Drew (nee Mary Ann Nevin) Thomas & Elizabeth Nevin’s youngest daughter
Mary Sophia Axup nee Day, sister of Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day and aunt of Minnie and May
Eva Baldwin nee Axup,Mary Sophia Axup’s eldest daughter
and May (Mary Florence Elizabeth) Nevin, Thomas and Elizabeth’s Nevin’s eldest daughter
Taken ca. 1939. Copyright © KLW NFC Private Collections 2009 and 2020 ARR.

Albert Edward Nevin (1888-1955)
The last born child, Albert Edward Nevin married Emily Maud Davis in 1917 and fathered eight children. He is pictured here ca. 1917 with one of his pacers. He was a reinsman and trainer for more than forty years.

Above: Albert Edward Nevin ca. 1917
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Thomas J. Nevin may have taken this photograph and other family portraits about this time because he was still active as a photographer into the 1920s. Official documents dated right up to his death in 1923 state “Occupation: Photographer.” His burial certificate of 1923 carries the same vocational title – “Photographer”. The witness at his daughter Mary Ann Nevin’s marriage to James Henry Alfred Drew in 1907, whether himself or another family member, would have completed the section of the marriage certificate requiring the bride’s father’s name and his occupation as “Thomas Nevin Photographer” just as the signatories to the marriage certificate of his youngest son Albert Edward Nevin – John and Frances Davis, the parents of his bride Emily Maud Davis –  registered Albert’s father Thomas Nevin’s occupation as “Photographer” ten years later, in 1917, viz:

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Father’s Name (in full) … Thomas Nevin
Occupation … Photographer
Mother’s Name (in full) Lizza Nevin née Day

Detail of document below:
Marriage Certificate of Albert Edward Nevin to Emily Maud Davis 4th March 1917
Thomas Nevin (father of Albert) Occupation: Photographer.
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Marriage Certificate of Albert Edward Nevin to Emily Maud Davis 4th March 1917
Thomas Nevin (father of Albert) Occupation: Photographer.
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Clearly, Thomas J. Nevin snr was still active as a photographer well into the 1900s. Family members who readily documented his occupation on official documents would have informed the Registrar otherwise, had it been the case. This document reveals that his wife, Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day (1847-1914) who was deceased by the time her youngest son Albert married, was known to the family as “Lizza“.

In Memoriam
Elizabeth Rachel Nevin died at the relatively young age of 67, on the 18th June, 1914. Thomas Nevin (1842-1923) was five years older than his wife and survived her by 7 years.

Hobart Public Cemetery Records
No. 18704, Elizabeth Rachel Nevin, date of funeral 21st June 1914

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Hobart Public Cemetery Records
No. 18704, Elizabeth Rachel Nevin, date of funeral 21st June 1914

Below:
Funeral Notice for Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day, wife of photographer Thomas J. Nevin

NEVIN. – Friends of the late Elizabeth Rachel Nevin are respectfully invited to attend her funeral, which will move from her residence, 270 Elizabeth street, on Sunday Afternoon, at 2.30 o’clock, for Cornelian Bay Cemetery.
CLARK BROS.
Funeral Undertakers.
17 Argyle street

Source: The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.)Sat 20 Jun 1914 Page 1 Family Notices

On the first anniversary of her death, her husband and children published this notice in the Mercury, June 18th, 1915:

IN MEMORIAM
NEVIN. – In sad but loving memory of our dear mother. Elizabeth Rachel Nevin,
who died June 18, 1914.
‘Tis just twelve months ago to-day
Since our dear mother passed away
Ah, loved one dear, we miss you here,
From the home you loved so dear.
We saw her suffering day by day:
It caused us bitter grief
To see her slowly pine away,
And could not give relief.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
The fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without thee,
We miss thee everywhere.
We think of you in silence –
No eye can see us weep –
And many a silent tear we shed
When others are asleep.
Our memory is as dear today
As on the day she passed away
Inserted by her loving family

Acknowledgements
Thanks to the late Denis Shelverton (Tasmania) for images of Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin from their son George Nevin’s scrapbook. The original scrapbook page looks like this:

Above: scanned from copies of cartes and a half stereograph pasted into the scrapbook of son George Nevin (1880-1957), these are amongst several contemporary family portraits taken by Thomas Nevin to survive. The scrapbook is now part of a great grandson’s collection. Copyright © KLW NFC & The Private Collection of the late Denis Shelverton 2006-2010 ARR

Below Elizabeth’s portrait is written the word “MAR” and below the portrait of Thomas Nevin, taken in his studio at 140 Elizabeth St. Hobart Town ca. 1876 (on right), is written the word “PAR”. Centre is a cut-out of one half of a stereograph showing the path leading to the (Lady) Franklin Museum, Ancanthe, Kangaroo Valley, Hobart where the family settled in the 1850s. Although in poor condition, these images are valuable for researchers as well as family members.

Thanks to Axup family descendants (Victoria), to John Davis (Germany), and Suzy Baldwin (NSW), for the photographs of Mary Sophia Axup and her children.

Thanks to the descendants of Albert Edward Nevin (Tasmania and Victoria) for the early and very rare photographs of Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin, including their wedding photograph.

Thanks to Jackie Cetnar (Florida USA) an American descendant of the Tennyson Bates Family who migrated originally to California in 1910. Their daughter Gertrude Tennyson Bates married Thomas James ‘Sonny’ Nevin in 1907 in Hobart. A genealogical schema forwarded by descendant Jackie Cetnar can be viewed here.

See also Key Dates 1842-1923.

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