[Editor: This postcard incorporates a photo of Sturt Street, in Ballarat, showing a statue of Robert Burns (the Scottish poet) with his dog, at a time when it had been snowing. The postcard is postmarked Ballarat, 19 June 1906.]
Sturt St. Gardens Ballarat: Under the snow mantle
[Front of postcard]
Sturt St. Gardens Ballarat
Under the snow mantle
[Photo of Sturt Street, in Ballarat, showing a statue of Robert Burns (the Scottish poet) with his dog.]
[Reverse of postcard]
[Handwritten text, in italics]
Congratulations from all here. The three from our school got through too.
I have your photographs and shall send them soon. Love from all.
Miss I. Figgis.
— Revd. C. S. Y. Price.
[No identifying information about the manufacturer was included on the postcard.]
Dimensions (approximate): 138 mm. (width), 90 mm. (height).
The marble statue of Robert Burns, situated in the Sturt Street Gardens (Ballarat, Victoria), was commissioned in 1884, and unveiled on 21 April 1897; the statue was made by Giovanni Udney, an Italian sculptor.
See: 1) “Robert Burns”, Monument Australia
2) “Marble Statue of Robert Burns, Sturt Street – Ballarat”, Raaen99 (on Flickr), 6 January 2012
3) “File:Burns statue ballarat.jpg”, Wikimedia Commons
This postcard was sent to Miss Irene Figgis, care of the Reverend C. S. Y. Price.
See: “Road scene, Black’s Spur [postcard, 14 May 1906]”, The Institute of Australian Culture, 12 May 2022 [postcard sent to Irene Figgis, at Brinsley Road, East Camberwell]
The Sands & McDougall directories for 1905 and 1910 do not list the surname of “Figgis” in Brinsley Road, Camberwell; however, there is a listing for the Reverend Charles S. Y. Price in Brinsley Road, Camberwell, along with Miss C. Irene Price and Miss Grace C. Price (presumably his relations, whether they be his daughters, sisters, or nieces). The question arises as to whether Miss Irene Figgis and Miss Irene Price are two different people or the same person.
See: 1) Sands & McDougall’s Melbourne, suburban, and country directory for 1905 Melbourne: Sands & McDougall Limited, 1905, p. 166 (column 3) [has a listing for Brinsley Road (west side), Camberwell: Price, Rev. Chas. S. Y. (Independent); Price, Miss C. I., teacher of drawing; Price, Miss G. C., teacher of music]
2) Sands & McDougall’s Melbourne, suburban, and country directory for 1910, Melbourne: Sands & McDougall Limited, 1910, p. 173 (column 1) [has a listing for 46 Brinsley Road (west side), Camberwell: Price, Rev. C. S. Y. (Cong); Price, Miss C. Irene, teacher of painting; Price, Miss Grace F., teacher of music]
Camberwell = a suburb of Melbourne (Victoria), located in the east of the Melbourne metropolitan area
Chas. = an abbreviation of the name “Charles”
Cong = an abbreviation of “Congregationalist” (of or relating to the Congregationalist Church, a Protestant denomination of the Christian religion)
Rev. = an abbreviation of “Reverend” (a title given to a minister of a church, a priest, a member of the clergy)
Revd. = an abbreviation of “Reverend” (a title given to a minister of a church, a priest, a member of the clergy)
Robert Burns = (1759-1796), a famous Scottish poet
Sturt St. Gardens = the Sturt Street Gardens (Ballarat, Victoria), a reservation located along the middle section of Sturt Street (one of the main roads of Ballarat), the gardens run from Pleasant Street at the west end to Grenville Street at the east end, and are intersected by several streets (running north to south) along the length of Sturt Street
[Editor: “Brindsley Rd.” should read “Brinsley Rd.” (without a “d”).]