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June Mary Steel, and her mother Margaret Ross Steel, 4 November 1917 / James Barnet Steel
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June Mary Steel, and her mother Margaret Ross Steel, 4 November 1917 / James Barnet Steel
1 photoprint : b & w ; 12.3 x 9.2 cm
Inscribed on verso, in James Barnet Steel's hand: "June Mary Steel 4th Novr. 1917 / Morning ablutions ended, & prospects of a bottle forthcoming / Frowning under the bright sun".
June Steel was born on 9 July 1917, the daughter of Margaret Ross Steel, nee Macgregor, and James Barnet Steel. She was born in Young where her father was the Presbyterian minister and this photograph is taken at The Manse in Young. Her parents' marriage ended when June was very young and she moved to Nowra with her mother to live at Kintore, a cottage built on the horse paddock attached to historic Meroogal house. June spent much of her time with her aunts and great-aunts and frequently stayed at Meroogal, living there in the years before completing her education at boarding school in Sydney.
In 1944 June married Charles Wallace but continued to regularly visit Meroogal and her aunt Elgin Macgregor. June inherited Meroogal in 1977 on Elgin's death. As custodian of Meroogal, June took great care to maintain its character, adopting the traditional housekeeping techniques, mending and modifying the house in keeping with its original existence. June also continued to care for the possessions her mother and aunts had kept, regarding the house and its contents as a collection. As a result of June's conservation, the house was in good condition when the Historic Houses Trust purchased the property in 1985.
Estate of June Wallace (1917-2010)
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; June Wallace papers: JMW/21
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