This pretty engraved and chased silver locket with a beaded edge has a Birmingham hallmark with a date letter for 1905 and the maker’s mark W T & S, but the pair of photographic portraits of young girls contained within the locket are of a much earlier date. They were the daughters – and only children – of Edwin Stephen Rouse and his wife Bessie, nee Buchanan. The eldest was Nina Beatrice Rouse (1875-1968) born in January 1875 at Lara, the Darlinghurst home of her Buchanan grandparents. Her younger sister, Kathleen Buchanan Rouse (1878-1932) was born at Lara in July 1878. The photographs were taken around 1880 by Sydney studio photographers Freeman & Company. By 1905 Nina had been married for ten years and was herself a mother. Kathleen, on the other hand, had become a seasoned traveller, remembered in her family for bringing back odd bits of jewellery and other trinkets from her sojourns abroad. Perhaps this locket was bought by Kathleen as a gift for her mother on one of her journeys?