Posted by: Bruce | February 12, 2017

Street Photography, Sydney 1941 – 1942.

Ed McCann contacted me after seeing my post on Sydney street photography in the 1940’s with photo by photographer G. McGrath. I have two such posts, here and here (desperately seeking Norma), and Ed advised that he too has an image by G. Mc Grath. A couple of messages later and ………

ted-having-joined-the-army-1942_sydney-2. Image by G.McGrath of McCann

I think it fitting to use Eds’ words in describing the photo.

‘I am happy for you to add the photo taken by G. McGrath to your blog. It was taken I believe around the end of 1941 early 1942 in Sydney.

On the left (in overcoat) is Joseph McCann who became Mayor of Bankstown after WWII. He was also a school teacher in the Bankstown/Revesby Area of Sydney. During the war he was in the airforce. He is seen in the photo with his future mother-in-law Mrs Francis in downtown Sydney. On the right in uniform is my father Edward McCann (known as ‘Ned’ by the family and his friends called him ‘Ted’). He was a sawyer at a mill in Botany before joining up.  He met his wife Jean (nee Smith) from Lidcombe, NSW and married in 1944′.

Joseph and Edward were from a family of 10 (8 brothers and sisters). They sailed with their parents (Joseph & Mary McCann nee Traynor) from Ireland (County Kildare_Newbridge/Suncroft Parish) in 1925. On arrival in Australia they settled initially in the Redfern /Newtown area, then Ryde before settling in Georges Hall.

Ed, thanks for reading and contributing with an interesting bit of history.

Words for today:   Family history – a blast from the past.

More to come:    Same blog time, same blog channel



  1. Interesting bit of family history, Bruce, but can’t see the photo (except in my reader).


    • Thanks for reading Mary. I’m sorry you can’t see the photo. I’ve checked from my end and things seem okay. A mystery.


  2. Wow….I’m so amazed by this. I’m Joesph’s granddaughter and haven’t really seen many photos of him. His wife Patricia will be 96 this coming January.


    • Hullo Meagan. Seeing the photo sounds like a good thing then? Now for the tricky stuff; Joseph and Ed (Ned) McCann must be brothers? Joseph must be Ed McCann’s (the one who supplied the photo) uncle? You must be the daughter of one of Ed’s (Ned’s) siblings? Does that make you and Ed (not Ned), second cousins? Am I right or very wrong? Good on Patricia turning 96 in January.Thanks for reading, regards Bruce.


      • Hi Bruce, yes it was wonderful to see this photo, thanks so much. Joe and Ed (Ted as he was known apparently) were brothers, Joe married Patricia and had four children. I’m the daughter of their eldest son, John.


      • So, Meagan, I guess that makes you and Ed McCann (son of Ed/Ned/Ted) second cousins? I wonder if Ed (who contacted me) has seen any of this? Have you ever met him? Sorry for the slow reply, I’ve been short of time lately. Bruce


  3. I am Joseph’s and Patricia’s eldest daughter, Rosemary and that is my beautiful Nanna with Dad and Uncle Ted. Nan, Elly Francis, was Patricia’s mother and the best Nan you could have. She was 4′ 10″ no a little dynamo.


    • Hullo Rosemary, thanks for reading and adding to the story. A 4’10” dynamo? She sounds like an interesting Nanna, you must have been close. Do you know your cousin Ed? (I’ve had to construct a little family tree here just to ask a correct question.) I’m sorry for the slow reply, time has been a little short. Regards, Bruce


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