James Gayner of Hamilton: coalminer, storekeeper and newsagent
James Gayner and his son Mathew at the family's general store in Tudor Street, Hamilton, circa 1880. Photo from Al Gayner.

James Gayner of Hamilton: coalminer, storekeeper and newsagent

In the photo above, the bearded gent is James Gayner, with his son Mathew, (born in 1875 and then aged about three), outside the family's general store and paper shop…

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William Fraser, cabinet-maker and photographer
William Fraser in one of his own trick photographs - taking his own picture.

William Fraser, cabinet-maker and photographer

Among the photographers active in Newcastle in the early 20th century, William Fraser deserves a special place. William might be described as a "semi-professional" photographer, since his main job was…

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