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Formno: 2765

Repository: Ballymena Branch Library

Date: 1869-1990s

Century: 19th, 20th

Description: Bound typescript volume of the diary of Alice Allen Robinson (1852-1940) of Cullybackey, County Antrim, 1904-1905. The diary records a world tour which she made with her husband, Stewart, the owner of Dromona Dyeing and Finishing Works and includes a photograph of Alice Allen Robinson. For example, the diary notes, 'The parting from our children was a sore trial. Had we imagined it would have been so bad I think we would not have contented to leave then for so long, but I know God will take care of them and reunite us in a few months', 23 August 1904; when approaching Queenstown, 'I was amused to see rowed in small boats, strong masculine looking peasant women with huge baskets of apples and other ware climbing up into the small steamer by the help of a sailor's hand and afterwards in to the Baltic with no fear in their composition I thought', 25 August 1904; 'When I got up I felt so weak and kept weakly and sick up to Saturday 22nd when we got into Honalulu...But I kept weakly and even sick occasionally up to this week. About 26th began to gain a little strength and eat with relish', 18 October 1904; in India, 'I did some necessary sewing and rested, only in the evening going for a walk. My head ached today from the effects of vaccination and at night I was feverish, but in the morning I felt better, but my arm is inflamed', 1 March 1905.
Also bound in this volume is the diary of Jemma Robinson, the second daughter of Alice and Stewart Robinson, written when she was aged eleven, 1 January 1900-18 June 1901, including her photograph. For example, 'Mother, Fannie, Hugh and I went to Killymurris Church. Mr Jones is our preacher. We said our scripture to mother as father is away', 7 January 1900; 'Mother got a letter from Aunt Fannie telling us that our cousin Maggie Hannah is dead. She is only married two years and has one little baby not a year old. We are all very sorrowful', 24 January 1900; ' I am teaching Alice to read, she is very tiresome at times', 25 January 1900; 'The King is to be proclaimed in Ballymena tomorrow at 2 p.m. Miss Fleming and Emily are going to see the proclamation so we will get out of school at 12. Mother will call for us at 12 and take us into town', 27 February 1901; 'Father came home today. I am top of my class this week', 23 April 1901' 'This is my birthday. I am twelve years of age today. Father gave me two shillings...Mother put a ring in my birthday cake. Hugh got it', 25 April 1901.

Collection of several hundred photographs of the County Antrim area. The collection is alphabetically indexed by town. For example:

A photograph of an unnamed 100 year old woman, Ahoghill, no date.

A photograph of Janet, the Irish dulce seller and her seaweed thatched cabin, Antrim Coast Road, no date, c1890s.

A photograph of Mary McAuley and her cottage situated in the townland of Gruig beside the Cushendall-Cushendun Road, no date, early 1900s.

A photograph of an Irish peasant home industries shop, Ballycastle, no date, early 1900s.

A photograph of Miss Annie Douglas and pupils at Ballylesson School, Ballylesson, 1904-1905.

A photograph of Hillhead Church Choir outing, Ballycarry, showing Mrs Rentoul, Olive McFetridge, Peggy Bashford and Kathleen Taylor amongst others, no date, c1920s.

A photograph of the unfurling of a new banner for McCalmont's True Blues Loyal Orange Lodge, including Mrs Hawkins, Ballycarry, no date.

A photograph of a civic parade through the village of Ballycarry, possibly to celebrate the 1935 jubilee; Ballycarry Red Cross Group including Elsie Gardiner, Molly Arthurs, Betty Forster, Rae McWhirter, Miss Anderson, May Hall, Anna Erskine and Mrs Erskine, no date, c1935.

A photograph of Rachel McWhirter on horseback, no date.

A photograph of Roger Casement, Mrs Young and Emma Dickie, Ballymena, no date.

A photograph of three women returning from work at Harryville Mill, Ballymena, 1910.

A photograph of the reeling room of Braidwater Spinning Mill, Ballymena, showing women at work, no date.

A photograph of women at work in John Wilson and Son Limited Harryville Factory and Victoria Hygienic Laundry, Ballymena, no date.

A photograph of Katie O'Kane and her daughter, Carnlough, no date, c1900.

2 photographs of Mary Rankin Maternity Home, Coleraine, 1982.

A photograph of Rathene Nurses' Home, Coleraine, 1988.

A photograph of members of the Northern Ireland Historic Monuments Council for Coleraine, including Councillor Gladys Black (former mayor), Rosemary Evans, Doctor Ann Hamlin, Mary McNaul, Helen Zlanign-Wood, 1988.

2 photographs of the ladies' bathing place, Castlerock, c1900-1922.

A photograph of lacemaking at Chester Alan Arthur Homestead, Dreen, Cullybackey, 1987.

A photograph of Lady Ernest Vane Tempest at Glenarm Castle during her visit for the funeral of Lord Antrim, Glenarm, 1869.

A photograph of a butter churning class outside Garvagh House, Garvagh, no date, 20th century.

A photograph of c35 women members (all named) of Garvagh Red Cross Detachment outside Garvagh House, 1940.

Photographs of Garvagh playgroup, including presentation being given to Betty Corbett, 1976 and Mrs Hibbert taking story time, 1981.

Photographs of the ladies' bathing place, Portrush, c1900-1920.

Photograph of a demonstration of knitting at Larne library, 1985.

A postcard of an evicted tenant and his family, c1890.

A postcard of traditional Irish baking on an open hearth, no date, 20th century.

A postcard of the Convent of Saint Louis, Ballymena, no date, 20th century.

A postcard of Portstewart Convent, 1960.

Postcards of the ladies' bathing place, Portrush, 1900-c1920.

Envelopes of newspaper cuttings and articles on local notables, mostly from County Antrim, who are listed alphabetically by name. This collection was compiled c1980s-1990s and includes, for example, cuttings and articles on the following:

The Bell family of Armagh (including a printed sketch of the family by T W Bell, 1930).

Lilian Bland, Ulster aviator, Carnmoney.

Elizabeth Bowen, author, Dublin.

Heather Brett, poet, Ballymena.

Deborah Brown, sculptor and artist, Belfast.

Eve Bunting, children's author, Maghera.

The Canning family of Garvagh.

Jessica Chesney, showjumper, Cullybackey.

Ethna Carbery (pen name of Anna Isobel Johnston), poet, Ballymena.

The Davison family of Broughshane.

Anne Devlin, author and playwright, Belfast.

Margaret Dobbs, scholar, playwright, poet and Irish language enthusiast, Cushendall.

The Donegall family, Belfast.

Roma Downey, actress, Londonderry.

Anne Dunlop, author, Casteldawson.

Molly Dunlop, singer, Ballymena.

Margaret Gallagher, who lived a traditional rural lifestyle of the 19th Century in Belcoo, County Fermanagh.

Carol Graham, artist, Ballymena.

Valerie Hobson, actress, Larne.

Kate Hoey, politician, Newtownabbey.

Jennifer Johnston, author, Londonderry.

Margaret Johnston, bowler, Bellaghy.

Maeve Kyle, athlete, Ballymena.

Shauna Kyle, businesswoman, Ballymena.

Joan Linguard, author, Belfast.

The Maquillan family of the Route, Ballymoney.

Deirdre Madden, author, Toombridge.

Elizabeth Magill, artist, Cushendall.

Mary McAleese, professor of law and President of Ireland, Belfast.

The Mandeville family of the Route, Ballymoney.

The Marconi family of Rathlin Island.

The Massereene family, Antrim.

The McCormick family, Magherafelt.

Alison Millar, television presenter, Cullybackey.

Alice Milligan, poet, playwright, author and Irish language enthusiast, Omagh.

Patricia Mulholland, ballet dancer, Belfast.

The Nevin family, County Antrim.

The O'Hara family, Cushendall.

The O'Haughan family, Skerry.

Moira O'Neill, poet, Cushendun.

Rhonda Paisley, artist and former lady mayoress of Belfast.

Dame Dehra Parker, unionist politician, Kilrea.

The Patrick family, Dunminning.

The Patterson family, Templepatrick.

The Perry family, Garvagh.

Mary Peters, athlete, Belfast.

Rosamund Praeger, artist, Holywood.

Christine Reid, playwright, Belfast.

Charlotte Riddell, author, Carrickfergus.

The Rogers family, Ballintoy.

Amanda McKitterick Ros, author, Larne.

Molly Seaton, female footballer, Whiteabbey.

Christine Steenson, jeweller, Glenarm.

Hilda Stewart, elected President of the Associated Countrywomen of the World in 1998, Randalstown.

The Turnley family, Carnlough.

Liz Weir, storyteller, Agoghill.

Ella Young, children's author and poet, Galgorm.

Louise Walsh, artist, Belfast.

Envelopes of newspaper cuttings and articles on various subjects, which are listed alphabetically. This collection was compiled c1980s-1990s and includes, for example, cuttings and articles on the following:

The Brook Clinic, Belfast.

Teenage pregnancy.

Cambridge House Girls' School, Ballymena.

Election results for Northern Ireland, 1985-1993.

Embroidery at Montmellick.


Food in 19th century Ireland.

The Handloom Weavers Guild (Northern Ireland).

The linen trade in Northern Ireland.

The Jane Orr Memorial Home, Ballymena, County Antrim.

Ballymena Nursery School, County Antrim.

Criticism of the writings of Somerville and Ross.

Spinning wheels.

The textile industry in the 1880s.

The Widow's Cottage at Gracehill, County Antrim.

The Women's Institute (Northern Ireland).


York Street Spinning Mill, Belfast.

Londonderry County Council Minutes:
October-November 1947
1949 (with the exception of January, February- early April)
1951 (with the exception of August and October)
1952 (with the exception of February and May)
1955 (with the exception of January-February)
1960 (with the exception of November)
1961 (with the exception of November-December)
1962 (with the exception of January and May)
1963 (with the exception of February and April)

Coleraine Council Minutes:
1983 to the present day (inclusive).

Antrim Borough Council Minutes:
11 October and 8 November 1973
April-June 1979
August -December 1979
January-July 1980
September-December 1980
January-July 1981
August-December 1981
January-June 1982
August-December 1982
1983 to the present day (inclusive).

Antrim County Council Minutes:

Antrim Rural District Council Minutes:
March-December 1971.

Ballymena Borough Council Minutes:
1971 to the present day (inclusive).

Carrickfergus District Council Minutes:
1970s to the present day.

Newtownabbey District Council Minutes:
1970s to the present day.

Moyle District Council Minutes:
1970s to the present day.
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