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Henry "Harry" Basher of Ashton, about 1905

NumberHESFM:1977.2890.1
PlaceAshton Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1905. about
KeywordsPeople Trades and Professions Mining Ashton/Balwest
PhotographerUnknown
Copyright© Helston Museum

Photographic postcard of Henry "Harry" Basher Junior of Ashton, an itinerant mining engineer, about 1905. He is shown standing holding an oil can, in front of a pile of rubble with two galvanised buildings in the background. Henry Basher Junior was born in 1871 to Henry and Mary Jane Basher. His father was an engine fitter working in many different local mines and quarries, according to census data, Henry Junior appears to have worked at many of the places. In 1891 the family lived in Rinsey and Henry Junior worked as an engine driver at a tin mine. By 1901 both men are working and boarding in St Keverne while Mary Jane remained in Rinsey. Henry Junior was employed as an engine driver at a stone quarry. By the 1911 census the family are all living back in Rinsey and and Henry Junior is once again working as an engine driver at a tin mine.