This photo was taken on the Gold Coast Queensland in 1922. The little boy is Don's father and the woman and man are Don's grand parents. She turned out to be the mainstay of the family (there was a younger son) after he left / disappeared whatever, no one seems to know what happened to him. Don is his namesake, being yet another of the many Donald Mackays.
She was to find work way up north near Cloncurry as a cook on a station, and took the two boys with her. It woulod have been for a pitance and anyone who knows the area would be aware of the terrible heat she would have endured.
In later years she was always fashionably dressed, gloves, hat the lot and the boys grew up speaking well.
What their story is no one will ever know and what happened to the grandfather seems just as much a mystery.
They look so happy here and they had that good time and no doubt many more.