As you may know, my grandmother, Olave B-P, used to live in a grace and
favour apartment at Hampton Court Palace. She moved there when she returned to
England during the war, after her husband died.
During Coronation Year, 1953, she converted the rooms in her "annexe" into
sparsely furnished "dormitories" where she put up about 400 guides (not all at
once, you understand !) from all over the world. The rooms she named after the
countries - there was New Zealand, Canada, Australia, etc...
So somewhere in Australia there will be perhaps a dozen elderly women (well,
they were probably about twenty- something in 1953, so would now be about
seventy- something !) who may remember having stayed there, and who just may
have photographs of those rooms.
My sister, my daughter and I visited the palace a year or so ago, and they
asked if we had any photographs - but we don't !
So I wonder if perhaps you could put up an appeal for photographs / memoirs,
etc. on your WebSite ?
Some of your visitors' Grannies may be among those visitors ....
If you can help identify the location and approximate date of
this photo, please email
Randy Scofield from the USA says:
As a 14 year old scout I remember meeting her briefly at
the 1967 World Jamboree in Idaho. Is my memory correct was she there? As I
recall she gave a speech and I was just lucky enough to be in the right place
at the right time. My memory is that is was pretty sharp for her age at the
My sources don't mention Olave attending this event, but my
sources are by no means complete. If someone can add this detail to the
timeline, please email