1873 -

Florence Donovan had a beautiful soprano voice and was called 'Brighton's Nightingale'. She played leads for the Brighton & Hove Operatic Society




Charles Donovan and Ellen Greenfield's wedding (probably). They were married on 16 April 1891, in St Joseph's Catholic Church, Brighton.
This wedding photo was taken by Thomas Donovan in the St James' Street studio, Brighton. [left to right: Minnie Donovan, Ellen Greenfield, Charles Donovan, Florence, unknown bridesmaid (possibly Carrie Greenfield, Ellen's sister), unknown best man (possibly Charlie Kilmister, mentioned by daughter Grace Donovan, in her memoir, as a friend of Charles')].


Thomas Donovan's family about 1888.

(left to right: Thomas, Charles, baby Teddie, Minnie Donovan, Victoria Gibbons, Frank Donovan and Florence.

The same studio back drop as the wedding photo on the left.



1910; Florence (left) with Minnie Cooper in a production of 'Tom Jones', Brighton & Hove Operatic Society.   left to right: Harriet Martin?, Minnie Donovan, Ellen Greenfield, Grace Donovan, Florence, Arthur Donovan and Edward Donovan.
pre-war. The woman on the left may be Harriet Martin, Ellen's mother. If so this picture cannot be later than 1911 when Harriet died.
The marriage of Florence to Dan Bostal, September 1916, Brighton.   left to right: Florence Donovan, Dan Bostal in uniform (Florence's husband), Ellen Greenfield, Minnie and Grace Donovan. WW I period?
Florence (3rd left, back row), at the wedding of her nephew Teddie and Mary Tebbs, Wednesday 18th April 1917.