University of Tasmania Family History course - Writing family history
Week four e-tivity - Googling places past
Using Google Maps and or Google Street View, and cross-referencing with our own research into local and family history, we were asked to write a description of a place where one of our ancestors lived or may have visited.
11 Ainslie Place
Arriving in Edinburgh on a cold, wet August day our
first destination was Ainslie Place in New Town. This block of Georgian stone
townhouses was built towards the end of the 1820s on part of the old Moray
Before leaving Melbourne I found the location on Google Maps so we knew how to find the
street. Google Earth had shown that
the two semi-circles of townhouses were still there and that the communal park
for residents in the middle still existed.
When standing near the park we ignored the few cars
parked in the street and were transported to another time.
It was easy to imagine a horse and carriage pulling
up in front of number 11. George, Jean and their children alight from the
carriage and climb the short flight of steps to the front door of their home
which is opened by a servant. The carriage then travels to the stables at the
back of the property.
Tall windows frame either side of the front door. Similar
sized sets of three windows are on the two other floors. Decorative black
ironwork features on the first floor windows while iron fencing protects the stairs
leading to rooms below the main living area.
There have been changes over time. Another storey
has been added to the building and some of the townhouses have been subdivided
into flats. However, from the street, it is easy to imagine the Ainslie Place
of the 1830s where my great, great grandmother was born.
Once again, 250 words was the limit for this writing exercise.