Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Trove Tuesday: Wedding Bells

The following article printed in the Victorian newspaper Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express is interesting in that it not only mentions the wedding of my great great uncle, but also lists the gifts received and by whom.

WEDDING BELLS.
MILLER - PAYNE.
A very pretty wedding was celebrated at Merton on the 19th ult., the contracting parties being Frederick George, second surviving son of C. Miller, of Merton, and Jessie May, eldest daughter of E. Payne, Wangaratta. The ceremony took place in the Presbyterian church, which was well filled by the large number of friends and guests, the officiating clergyman being the Rev. Thom, of Mansfield. The bride was attended by Miss Elsie Miller (sister of groom), Miss A. Drought (niece of groom), and Miss Evie Mackrell as bridesmaids, Mr. E. Eddy being best man. The bride, given away by her brother, Mr. W. Payne (Wangaratta), wore a beautiful gown of white silk with lace and ribbon to match, also a wreath and veil, and carried a prayer book bouquet. The bridesmaids were attired in white silk with trimmings to match. After the ceremony the breakfast was partaken of at the residence of the groom's parents (Elsie Cottage), when about 40 guests partook of a sumptuous repast. The usual toasts were proposed and suitably responded to. The happy couple left by afternoon train for Melbourne, en route for Sydney, where the honeymoon is to be spent. The bride's travelling dress was grey voile, with toque hat to match. The previous evening a special gathering was held in Mr. Mackrell's large kitchen, kindly lent for the purpose, a large number of friends dancing until about 2 a.m. They were the recipients of a larger number of beautiful presents, the large area from which they came showing the popularity of the young people and their parents..
The following is a list of the presents received :- -
Bride to groom, gold sleeve links; groom to bride, gold muff chain and rug; parents of bride (Wangaratta), cheque, cutlery, pair jam dishes, and cream jug ; parents of groom, assorted preserves ; Miss E. Miller, tea cosy and bed quilt ; Mr and Mrs Drought, handsome lamp ; Miss M. Payne (Wangaratta), silver butter dish ; Master Payne, silver mustard jar ; Mr W. Payne (Gobur), cheque ; Mrs Auld (Beechworth), kitchen utensils ; Mrs G. Payne, son. (Alexandra) cutlery ; Miss Jessie Payne (Alexandra), photo frames and tea pot; Mrs J. Cooper (Alexandra); afternoon tea set ; Master W. D. Cooper, vases and ornaments ; Mrs John Payne (Alexandra), fancy needlework ; Mrs Creighton (Gobur), pair vases ; Miss H. Creighton (Gobur), jam and cake dishes ; Miss A. Drought, set of d'oyleys and serviette rings ; Mrs A. Andrews (Alexandra), pair crystal biscuit barrels, cake dishes, cushions and d'oyleys ; Mrs Ross (Alexandra), cushion ; Miss G. Andrews (Alexandra), d'oyleys and silver tray ; Miss E. Andrews (Alexandra), fancy needlework and glassware ; Miss L. Bulmer (Alexandra), fancy neddlework ; Mr and Mrs Mackrell afternoon tea set ; Misses Mackrell, set jugs, fancywork, pair knife rests; lemon squeezer ; Mrs Searson, lamp ; Miss P. Payne, side-board. cloth and mats ; Miss J. Mackrell (Yarck), bed linen ; Mr and Mrs. Payne (Johnson's Creek), pair silver-mounted honey jars and pickle jar ; Mr J. Hoare, silver butter dish and knife ; Mr. M. McIvor (Numurkah), cheque, silver mounted shaving set ; Misses McIvor (Numurka), pair silver mounted brushes ; Mr W. Kipping, cheque and glassware ; Miss Danks silver butter knife ; Mr J. Frazer, silver mounted bread fork ; Miss Frazer, hall brushes and stand ; Miss A. Hartley, silver and glass honey jar ; Mr C. Nolan, lamp ; Miss M. Nolan, table centre ; Miss R. Nolan, shadow work ; Mrs. W. Kubiel, d'oyleys ; Mrs T. Bird, biscuit barrel ; Mrs E. Eddy (Seymour), set of carvers ; Rev Raff (Chiltern), silver and crystal jam dishes ; Mr T. Kipping, butter dish ; Miss Short, silver butter knife ; Mrs McKenzie (Beechworth), glassware ; Mrs. Harper, cold water set ; Misses Z. and M. Payne (Gobur), pair ruby glasses and jug ; Miss M. Nolan (Wangaratta), cold water set ; Mrs W. Payne (Gobur), table linen ; Miss McCormack (Wangaratta), glassware.
And other valuable articles too numerous to mention.--Euroa "Gazette."
Source: Family Notices. (1906, November 16). Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express (Vic. : 1877 - 1908), p. 2. Retrieved July 22, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59588730

Rose Helena Auld nee Miller

My great grandmother, Rose Helena Miller, was the eighth child of Charles Miller and Georgianna Payne. Rose was born 9 June 1884 in Alexandra, Victoria and married William Henry Auld on 26 May 1906 at the Christ Church, Beechworth, Victoria. The marriage certificate for William and Rose gives William's present and usual address as Beechworth and Rose's present and usual address as Merton. The couple were living in Beechworth when their first son, William Henry Auld, was born on 5 January 1907. When their second son John Wallace Auld was born 6 April 1908, they had moved on to Merton.

Under the list of presents received in the article above, Rose is mentioned as "Mrs Auld (Beechworth), kitchen utensils". What the article confirms is that William and Rose Auld were living in Beechworth at the time of the marriage of Frederick and Jessie Miller on 19 September 1906. By identifying the names of other family members listed in the article, the same process can be used in connecting those individuals to the town in which they lived.