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Old family photo
Photo: Ian
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Item #: 9008
Can anyone help with who this group of people are ??? Many thanks.

Comment by: John on 31st January 2009 at 10:30

Looks like an Orange Lodge gathering to me
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Order

Comment by: Mick on 31st January 2009 at 13:30

Don't think it's the Orange Lodge, John.
Looking at the regalia I think it's either The Foresters or The Rechabites

Comment by: Ian on 31st January 2009 at 15:00

Mick, What's The Foresters or The Rechabites ?? thanks for your comment.
All I know is that most of the family was involved in Engineering.

Comment by: Mick on 31st January 2009 at 17:23

Hi Ian.
The Foresters and Rechabites were Friendly Societies, which in return for a reasonable subscription would provide financial assistance in times of ill health, etc.
The Rechabites were a Temperance Association, which makes me think there may be some connection in view of the football team pic you have also posted.
If you do a google image search for 'Rechabite regalia' and 'Foresters regalia' you should turn some pics up of tackle similar to that those in your photo are wearing.

Comment by: Mick on 1st February 2009 at 00:09

Ian - Might also be Oddfellows (a similar type of association).

Comment by: Ian on 1st February 2009 at 11:00

Mick, Thanks for your help!

Comment by: Melanie on 5th January 2012 at 10:08

Its great to see some Indian gents there too. Not enough historical images show this.

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