There are quite a few family photographs of Edith Florence Joy over the years from 1897 till 1953 – from when she was engaged to be married till the wedding of her eldest granddaughter, Joan Callcott. The photographs of Edith Florence Hicks are often informal at her homes in Penshurst and in Thirroul.
The earliest photograph of Edith Florence Joy with her mother Mary Ann Hicks (nee McKenzie) and her two children Kenneth Charles Joy and Mary Constance Joy was taken at Thirroul and believed to be 1915. However this would have placed Kenneth at 13 years and Mary Constance at 9 years – and also Kenneth is in a sailor uniform – he did not join the navy as a “boy” until December 1917. So perhaps this photograph is actually later – maybe 1918-1919 ?
A close-up from the above photograph showing Edith Florence Joy (nee Hicks) and her mother Mary Ann Hicks (nee McKenzie)
There is a later photograph of Edith Florence Joy with her mother Mary Ann Hicks (nee McKenzie) – probably from the 1920’s. The person standing is not identified – question is could it be Mary Alice “Aunty Biddy” Hicks (later Cook) who reportedly remained single for many years, caring for her mother Mary Ann Hicks (nee McKenzie) ? Unlikely given the hairstyle and dress of Alice Mary Cook (nee Hicks) in other photographs. Another possibility is that it is Alexina Cook (nee McKenzie) – a McKenzie cousin of Mary Ann’s. Alexina was the first wife of Alick Cook, and was reported in the newspapers to have died in the mid 1920’s, shortly after visiting her cousin Mary Ann in Thirroul. Several years after Alexina’s death, widower Alick Cook, married spinster Mary Alice “Aunty Biddy” Hicks.
A closeup is shown below.