Ernest Arthur Noel Lakin was born in Launceston on 6 Dec 1869, the sixth of seven children of Frederick Lakin (1825-1889), draper, and his wife Emily Friend (1831-1912). Ernie, a commercial traveller selling insurance policies, married Ada Mary Burbury in Launceston on 28 Jan 1893. Their daughter Dorothy Abbott was born on 2 Nov 1893 and son Noel Ernest was born on 23 Aug 1895. Ernie was an inaugural committee member of the Commercial Travellers' Association of Tasmania in 1900-01. The family moved to Hobart in the 1920s and Ernest died aged 83 on 28 Aug 1952 and was cremated at Cornelian Bay the following day. His wife Ada predeceased him, passing away on 7 Dec 1946 aged 77. She also appears in the Launceston Family Album.