“She Looks Just Like You”

“She Looks Just Like You”

Once upon a time (isn’t that how you’re meant to start stories?) … I was out shopping with my grandma Evelyn Hannaford (nee Randell) at the local supermarket. Now there wasn’t anything particularly unusual about that, as it wasn’t uncommon event. But this particular day, has stuck in my mind … and all because of five words that were mentioned.

We shopped at Lobethal which is a small country town in Adelaide Hills, where you ALWAYS bump into others you know. And as expected that happened on this occasion. Now I don’t remember the lady who we met, but it was someone that grandma knew, but hadn’t seen for a while. And I was introduced to her, to which she said “She looks just like you”. Trust me, being a 10 year old (or so), and being told you look like your grandma is NOT what you want to hear, which no doubt is why it’s stuck in my head. But now that I’m older, and with a passion for genealogy, and having to opportunity to see old family photos, including some of my grandma when she was young, I’m beginning to think that maybe there is some likeness. What do you think?

Evelyn & brother Restyn 'Pete' Randell at Salem Glen, 1921

Evelyn (age 5) & brother Restyn ‘Pete’ Randell (age 7) at ‘Salem Glen’, Gumeracha, 1921

Ella Randell (nee Sinkinson), together with her oldest daughter Ella ‘Annie’ Randell (age c.22),  and youngest daughter Evelyn Phebe Randell (age c.6)

Ella Randell (nee Sinkinson), together with her oldest daughter Ella ‘Annie’ Randell (age c.22), and youngest daughter Evelyn Phebe Randell (age c.6)

Gumeracha Primary School class photograph, 1922, and Evelyn Randell is the one on the far right (age c.6)

Gumeracha Primary School class photograph, 1922, and Evelyn Randell is the one on the far right (age c.6)

Alona Phillips, 1975 (age 2)

Alona Phillips, 1975 (age 2), at Cudlee Creek

Alona Phillips, 1976 with broken arm This is one of my fav photos not only as it's the only one I have with my broken arm, but it shows that I did grow up right next to a cemetery!

Alona Phillips, 1976 with broken arm (age 3), at Cudlee Creek
This is one of my fav photos not only because it’s the only one I have with my broken arm, but because it shows that I did grow up right next to a cemetery!

Alona Phillips, c.1978 (age about 5)

Alona Phillips, c.1978 (age about 5), at Cudlee Creek

 

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3 Responses to ““She Looks Just Like You””

  1. Catherine says:

    Definitely Alona!!! … and very pretty too.
    I smiled reading your reaction to the comparison between you and your Grandma as I was horrified when people told me I looked just like my mum. {chuckle}

  2. Sharon says:

    Yes I think there is a similarity, particularly with the the 3rd photo of your grandmother.

    You look pretty proud of your broken arm. How did that happen?

  3. I know I look like my maternal grandmother when she was in her senior years. Don’t know about when she was a child because I have no photos to compare.

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