This site was made to house a collection of Krone memorabilia that has come into my hands. I want to share it with anyone who may be interested; my siblings, the cousins, particularly Ralph Jackson and Betty Istead, who have doggedly worked at discovering more about the family and casual observers – whether they’d like to reminisce about happy days at Grannie’s, hear about their grandparents, aunties and uncle’s early years or write a book.
The material is one tiny window and doesn’t reflect the complex lives of people through several generations. For example, I don’t have anything on the involvement of Isabel Krone (nee McKinnon) at the Tivoli, Sydney, save for the memory of her taking Catherine Scougall and I to afternoon soirees at inner city studios to watch dance performances by her old friends.
There are poignant reminders of lives past, eg., the very moving letters from the family to John during the Second World War.
Isabel Scougall and Donald Krone attempted to discover more about this mysterious family that was believed to be part of a Russian intrigue. I suspect that the staunch persistence of this myth stalled progress. I’ve included notes and letters of their discoveries and correspondence.
The material has come to me higgley piggledy and while I’ve made some attempt to broadly categorise it, the nature of the documents and the state of some of the photographs means that there is some repetition and categories are not strictly observed. Again, it is a small collection of some parts of complex lives, not a complete portrayal.
The header image is a tiny card written in pencil. There are two of them.