From the archives: How we said "I do" in Dungog

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Excited: "A wedding which excited a good deal of interest up the river" was how the wedding of Mr William H Saxby and Miss Pearl E Deards on November 23, 1910, was reported in the Dungog Chronicle.

Weddings are always a wonderful occasion for family and friends. This week readers have been treated with a selection of wedding announcements from years gone by thanks to Marie Nielson from the Dungog Historical Society.

Baker - Atkins: Martin - Phillips 1890

Durham Chronicle Tuesday 4th March, 1890

On Wednesday last two weddings were celebrated in the district, one being that of Mr T (Herbert M) Baker, of Dungog and Miss Bella (Isabella J) Atkins of Bandon Grove, the Rev A Duncan performing the ceremony at the Church of England, Bendolba; and the other that of Mr William Richard Martin, of Monkerai and Miss Rose Phillips, of Dungog at the Westlyn Church, Dungog, the Rev TF Potts, officiating.

Atkins - Irwin 1890

Durham Chronicle Tuesday 5th August, 1890 -

Mr Alfred Thomas Atkins of Canningalla, Bandon Grove, led Miss Emma Irwin, of Tillegra to the hymeneal altar on Wednesday last, the Rev JW Upjohn performing the marriage ceremony.

Banister - Steuerwald 1890

Durham Chronicle Tuesday 23rd September, 1890

Orange Blossoms - On Wednesday last, Mr Daniel Banister, of Thalaba, and Miss Annie Clara Steuerwald, were united in the holy bonds of wedlock.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev P Mooney, in the Catholic Church, Dungog, which was crowded with onlookers.

Newell - Rumbel 1900

Dungog Chronicle Tuesday 26th June, 1900 -

On Wednesday last the people of Salisbury assembled at the residence of Mr Charles Rumbel to witness the marriage of Miss Lizzie (Martha E) Rumbel to Mr Robert Newell, of Fosterton.

The bride, who looked charming, was supported by her sister Miss Leila Rumbel, and was given away by her father.

Mr Herb Newell acted as best man, and the Rev E Hutchinson of Eccleston, tied the knot, in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives of the bride and bridegroom.

When the ceremony was over and the contract signed the tables were spread with the choicest viands, and the carvers were kept busy for hours.

Afterwards all present amused themselves with funny games.

At the close of the day tea was served round, after which the room was cleared and the sweet strains of the violin rang out on the night air.

Dancing was indulged in, and songs were sung by Messrs J Bartlett, H Newell, R and H Saxby.

At midnight tea, cake and sandwiches were again nicely partaken of, and the happy company disperser at daylight. Contributed

Tiedeman - Deards 1900

Dungog Chronicle Friday 9th November, 1900 -

On Tuesday last a quiet but pretty wedding was celebrated at Fairview, the residence of Mr and Mrs Henry Deards of Salisbury, the contracting parties being Miss Elisa S Deards and Mr Claude E Tiedeman.

The bride, who was dressed in snowy white, looked charming.

Her veil, which was beautifully embroidered, was the one worn by the late Mrs Koellner at her confirmation in Germany, over seventy years ago.

The bridesmaids were Misses May and Bertie Deards, they looked the picture of health and beauty.

After the ceremony a sumptuous dinner was partaken of and the officiating clergyman, the Rev OE Hill proposed the health of the newly married couple wishing them every happiness and prosperity. We understand Mr and Mrs Tiedeman are to reside in West Maitland.

Abbott - Jarvis 1900

Dungog Chronicle Friday 14th December, 1900 -

The marriage of Mr Arthur Howard Abbott, eldest son of Mr J Abbott, JP, one of our well known residents to Miss Elizabeth Hill Jarvis (niece of Mrs Hill, of the Royal Hotel) took place privately on the 12th instant.

The bride was given away by her aunt.

The Rev A Cooper performed the ceremony.

The bride was attended by Miss A Munsie (sister of Mrs Hill), who wore a dainty costume of pale green and showing a handsome bar brooch set with pearls and rubies.

Mr W Holmes of Oakendale (Clarence Town), acted as groomsman.

The guests, who included only the immediate friends of the bride and bridegroom, were entertained at the Royal Hotel after the ceremony, and later Mr and Mrs Abbott left for Sydney en route for the Jenolan Caves.

The bride's travelling dress was electric grey bengaline and white silk, and hat to match.

The cake, which was really a work of art, came from the firm of Rutherford, of Bowral, and was made by the bride's uncle, Mr AG Hill.

The happy pair were the recipients of numerous and costly presents, Mrs Hill wore black silk and jet; Mrs J Abbott, black silk and white; Miss E Abbott; cream and buttercup; Miss O Henderson, grey silk lustre; Miss F Henderson, pale green and Maltese lace; Miss J Derkcomie (of Newcastle), cream muslin and lace. The bouquets were presented by Mrs FA Hooke, of Dingadee. Contributed.

Saxby - Deards 1910

Dungog Chronicle Friday 3rd February, 1911 -

A wedding which excited a good deal of interest up the river took place on 23rd November, 1910, when Mr William H Saxby, of Salisbury, and Miss Pearl E Deards, daughter of Mr W Deards of Melbury, were united in the bonds of matrimony by the Rev RV King, Rector of Dungog.

The church was prettily decorated by friends of the bride.

The bride was dressed in white silk muslin trimmed with Valencies lace and insertion.

A ruby and diamond ring, the gift of the bridegroom, and carried a bouquet, the gift of Miss Daisy Edwards.

The bridesmaids were dressed in the same material as the bride.

Miss Ivy Deards wore a greenstone brooch, and Miss Olive Everett a gold brooch, each gifts of the bridegroom.

The wedding gifts were numerous and included many valuable articles.

A large number of guests sat down to the excellent wedding breakfast in Mr W Deards hall.

After the usual toasts had been honoured, the happy couple left for their home up the river carrying with them the good wishes of many friends.

Brooker - Jarrett 1910

Dungog Chronicle Tuesday 23rd August, 1910 -

A pretty wedding was solemnised at St Stephens Presbyterian Church, East Maitland, on Wednesday afternoon, when Janet, youngest daughter of the late William Jarrett, of Eccleston, Allyn River, was married to Reuben Sivyer Brooker, third son of Mr Thomas Brooker, of East Maitland.

Rev Alexander Smith performed the ceremony.

The bride looked charming in a trained gown of ivory duchess silk, trimmed with silk insertion, chiffon and orange blossoms, with a yoke of silk overall lace.

She entered the church on the arm of her uncle (Mr TE Jarrett), who subsequently gave her away.

She wore an embroidered tulle veil, arranged over a coronet of orange blossoms, and carried a shower bouquet, which with a gold bracelet were the gifts of the bridegroom.

The bridesmaid was Miss Priscilla Jarrett, cousin of the bride, who wore a cream voile frock, beautifully braided, and carried a pick bouquet, and wore a gold bracelet, he gifts of the bridegroom.

The bride's gift to the bridegroom was a pair of gold sleeve links.

Mr James Brooker acted as best man for his brother.

After the ceremony tea was served at the residence of the bridegroom's parents.

Immediately afterwards, the newly married couple left by the Brisbane mail for Warwick, en route for Yangan, their future home.

The bride's travelling drew was navy blue silk crepline, with hat to match.

The bride and bridegroom were the recipients of many useful and beautiful presents.

Croll - Gawne 1910

Dungog Chronicle 21st January, 1910

Mr Alex Croll jnr, of Bungwahl, was wedded by the Rev JW Collier, Methodist Church, Newtown, to Miss Nellie Gawne, of Newtown on 15th Ultimo.

- MARIE NEILSON