This picture was taken in the office inside the Balmoral Hotel which was simply known as the Billings Hotel in the beginning. The original owner was John (or Josh) Billings (c1850-1925) whose wife was Mary Daly (c1861-1947). This picture was shared with me by the late Bernice Billings decades ago, and her husband is in the picture, second from the right. Above from left: Gordon Wernham, Alice Wernham (Sidler), Stasia Dunnigan (Billings), Jackie Billings, John Dunnigan.
Perhaps someone can hazard a guess as to when the picture was taken. Is the big chair that Stasia is sitting on still in the hotel? A drawing by F.J. Ritza depicting a scene from the 1912 sinking of the local Mayflower is not in the photograph. It had been featured in “Believe It or Not” showing how a dead man saved three. Three commercial travellers used the coffin to drift to a nearby island. So, is that artwork still on the wall in the Balmoral?
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