Saggers photos – colourized

MyHeritage last week announced a new service – colourizing of photographs. I tried it out with a few of mine.

I know there’s a bit of angst online about this. But truly the world was full of colour before the development of colour film.

And it is certainly a fun thing to do. And may provoke some interest in all those ‘non-gen’ relatives out there.

You will see one in the header above. And one below.

The photo above shows my own Saggers family about 1905 in England before their emigration to Canada.

The photo below shows some of the Saggers families in Vancouver, British Columbia in July of 1929. Mothers are in the back row; kids in the front. My dad, George William Rogers, is the boy on the very end. Although his pants look like jeans in this colourized version, I suspect they were really dark grey or possibly brown fabric. However, blue jeans would certainly have lasted longer – I think he was quite an active kid!

If you’d like to try this out, go to MyHeritage – Colorize Your Heritage. If you are not a subscriber, you can do 10 photos free; if you are a full subscriber, there’s no limit and it’s free. Non-subscribers will have a small MyHeritage logo on their photos as below. The little palette logo signifies that the photo was colourized.

Read more at My Heritage about the colourization process, licensed by MyHeritage from DeOldify, created by Jason Antic and Dana Kelley. And about how MyHeritage is handling these photos.

MyHeritage would like to know if you might be interested in colourizing old black and white films in your possession. Contact them if you are.

Through Her Eyes Thursday – Brownie’s Party at Patutahi, New Zealand, 1935.

This article is my first following a new genealogy blogging prompt – “Through Her Eyes Thursday”, started by another Diane who blogs at This Hoosier’s Heritage. I intend to write about the women in the Saggers One-Name Study at least once a month.

From the Poverty Bay Herald newspaper, Volume LXII, Issue 18768, 26 July 1935, page 2.

An article including news about Alice Saggers.


                BROWNIE’S PARTY


(Herald Correspondent.)

The prosperity that has attended the Girl Guide movement and its younger sister body, the Brownies, since their inception at Patutahi some years ago was amply demonstrated yesterday afternoon, when the latter organization celebrated its fifth birthday. The function, which took the form of a social gathering, attracted a full attendance of the local pack, there also being present representatives from the Manutuke and the Te Hapara troops.

                After an hour’s recreation in the form of organized games, it was with healthy appetites that the young people sat down to a sumptuous party tea provided by the local committee. Amid innumerable dainties, pride of place was given to a beautiful iced birthday cage [sic -cake] in the form of a log adorned with candles and toadstools, symbolical of the movement, the whole being the work of Miss Yolande Renner.

                A pretty ceremony was the lighting of the candles by Shirley Knight, the youngest Brownie present, and the cutting of the cake by Alice Saggers, the eldest. After tea Miss Meredith, district Tawny Owl, presented service badges to the following:–Mary McDermott, Peggy Waddell, Alice Saggers, Patricia Atkins, Betty Dickenson, and Dulcie Barber. The gathering concluded with the singing of “Taps” and the National Anthem.

                The following were amongst those present:–Miss Meredith, divisional Brown Owl, Mrs. A. J. Davis, captain, Patutahi Guides, Miss Price, captain, Manutuke Guides, Misses Buscke and F. Beauchamp, acting Tawny Owls, Manutuke Pack, Miss Ferguson, Te Hapara Brown Owl, Miss O’Halloran, acting Tawny Owl, 1st Gisborne Pack, Elsie Bryson, leader; Mesdames E. R. Renner, president, W. J. Atkins, J. Robb, F. Habgood, S. Wells, O. Williams, and A. Waddell. Apologies were received from Mrs. L. Balfour, divisional comsioner (sic), and the First Gisborne Brownie Pack. The girls included Alice Blakey, Rosalie Simpson, Noeline Miller, Phyllis McIntosh, Fay McKinley, Grace Cooper, and Margaret Hedron, Te Hapara; June Jones, Raina Waipara, Sophie Moeau, and Roa Beauchamp, Manutuke; Patricia, Anne and Alma Atkins, Dulcie Barber, Alice Saggers, Betty Dickenson, Peggy Waddell, and Shirley Knight.

My downloaded copy of this newspaper report from Papers Past, a project of The National Library of New Zealand / Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa,  is courtesy of the Gisborne Herald Company which allows non-commercial use of their images under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. The transcription is my own work.

Regions and Districts of New Zealand. Patutahi is on the north island, in the area of Gisborne.This map is by Korakys – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0. In 2019, Poverty Bay (so named by Captain James Cook in 1769) was officially gazetted as Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay.

1941 Wedding – Saggers and Knapp

I could not resist this Saggers-Knapp wedding announcement. Sounds a lovely ceremony, despite the times in 1941. With connections to Buckingham Palace, no less. Just wondering what happened to these two. Long and happily married, I hope!


Guardsman P. Saggers—Miss D. F. Knapp

The wedding took place on Saturday at Holy Trinity Church, Trowbridge, between Musician Percy Saggers, of the Grenadier Guards, son of Mr. F.A. Saggers of Bexley Heath, and Miss Dorothy Phyllis Knapp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Knapp of 14. Studley Rise, Trowbridge, who was formerly on the domestic staff at Buckingham Palace. The Rev. W. B. Church officiated.

Mr. J. Flay was at the organ, and besides playing other appropriate music, accompanied the hymns, “Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us” and “The King of Love, my shepherd is.”

The bride, given in marriage by her father, was dressed in white satin, with wreath and veil and accessories to match. Her bouquet was of carnations. Her only bridesmaid, Miss Ivy Hawkes, a friend, also from Buckingham Palace, was dressed in blue taffeta.

The best man was Mr. Edward Saggers, and the groomsman, Mr. Arthur Saggers, both brothers of the bridegroom.

After the wedding a reception was held at 14. Studley Rise. The newly-married couple’s future home will be at Clapham Common.

Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser, Saturday, July 5, 1941, page 3. Via