The Helen Kegie Collection is a historical record of the Child, Sargent, Barton and Quinton families
This collection of images of Excise staff date from the period 1904-9 and form a unique record of that service before it merged into the Customs and Excise in 1909. Such is the rarity of the material that the national museum that the former Excise Department falls under – the Border Force Museum in Liverpool – has no images of staff from that time. This important collection is a key feature of the Helen Kegie Collection.
The photos came to Helen Kegie from her uncle Stewart Child (1884-1974) who joined the Department in 1906. He spent periods based in Elgin and Cambeltown working with the whisky distilleries, before moving to Wiltshire in 1912 where he worked with the Inland Revenue until he retired. He appears in a number of the images, and his brother also appears in one; he had two brothers who worked with Excise at different times. The contacts through this work also led to the links between the Child family of Chepstow and the Barton family from the Isle of Wight. These connections in turn enabled Helen Kegie’s mother (sister to Stewart Child) to meet Alfred Barton, whose sister was married to Stewart Child.