Clarence Frederick Pearce

I am only going to provide a few details of my father and myself because

  1. my brother Shane is preparing a comprehensive document which we will eventually be able to make available
  2. I can always be contacted for further information if required (see the email link in the welcome page)

Clarence was born in Clifton Hill on the 2nd of May 1914 (ref extract of entry 61897 Official Number of entry is 11374/14). This means that he grew up experiencing life during the depression and the Second World War.

Dad lost his job at Kennon's Tannery on turning 21 because they wouldn't (or couldn't) pay adult wages during the depression.
Another story dad told me was that since it was mainly the girls who had the jobs, they could afford to pay their way into the dances. What dad would do is to hang around the entrance until the dance hall owner would get desperate at the lack of males and invite the good dancers in for free or only sixpence. Dad could dance very well.
Dad and his friends would walk from Richmond to StKilda and back in order to save the tram fair so they could go to a dance and pay their way in.
Dad always retained his love of music and in particular the big band era.

Dad married Nancy Frances Stone at Apollo Bay on the 10th of April 1939.

Clarence Frederick Pearce 1943

Nancy Frances Stone 1939

Clarence Frederick Pearce
1943

Nancy Frances Stone
1939

The following photograph shows the wedding portrait shot by my father in his studio in Richmond after they had returned from their honeymoon.
The people are the best man Alfie Tadgell, Clarrie, Nancy and her bridesmaid her younger sister Ruth Stone.

Wedding photograph of Clarence Pearce and Nancy Stone

The wedding portrait of
Clarence Pearce and Nancy Stone

Clarence's father had died when he was only four therefore he had very little recollection of him. Dad's mother, Margaret Emma, had performed heroically to bring up her family with all the adversity of no husband, the low wage levels for women and then the depression.
During this stage of his life, dad remembers the large number of times that his mother would move from one residence to another. Sometimes just to the other side of the street.
Some years ago, dad wrote down as many of these moves as he could remember and the list numbered 34.
He also attended 13 different schools.

Dad and mom have always lived in Hughesdale. There was a brief period during which they resided in the photograpic studio in Richmond (133 Swan Street) while the Callander Street house was being built. I guess dad had no desire to go through any more moves unless it was absolutely essential.

Dad also had only a few places of employment. I guess that is fairly typical of a generation where a job is considered precious. A list of his jobs includes;

Dad was an excellent photographer and was mostly self taught. He had the ability to take wedding photographs that showed the detail of the bride's white dress as well as the grooms dark suit. The trick is to under expose and over develop. (expose for the high lights and develop for the low lights) This meant his negatives were quite low in contrast, but this made it possible to successfully photograph the high contrast topics.

Dad passed away on the 30th of August 1987 in Prince Henry's Hospital following a second heart attack while convalescing from the first suffered at home a few days earlier.