A new database compiled by the Milton Ulladulla Family History Society has solved the identity of a mystery woman in two portraits.
On July 8, 2015 the Times published an article seeking answers to the identity of a woman in two framed portrait style photographs found at a property on Wallace Street, Mollymook.
The portrait photographs were also displayed in the Lounge Area of The Dunn and Lewis Centre for some time, but the Family History Society received no response.
The mystery is now solved, but how the woman got to be in Mollymook is still uncertain.
The Family History Society has created a database of people named in the local records from circa 1845 to the present.
In December, member John Evans completed the list of births up to 1918, which led to the discovery of a "Knapp" family living in this area from 1866.
They set up a business supplying pig meat to the colony and had many children.
The Family History Society's Research Team then set about locating descendants of the Knapp family.
The male line, carrying the family name, disappeared locally around 1910, so who was "G. Knapp 30th November 1951" named on the back of the portrait?
The best clue was a newspaper article from Byron Bay in 1947 with a picture including one Gloria Knapp. Gloria was married in Byron Bay in 1952 and moved to Sydney.
From a Family History Database the team located another researcher whose information coincided with their results.
He was contacted via email and notes compared. He confirmed seeing the wedding photographs of Gloria Knapp and confirmed this was the mystery woman.
"Gloria Knapp has re-joined her family at last thanks to the efforts of all the volunteers' concerned," Family History Society member Julie Gullan said.