5 March 2015

#FearlessFemales - Day 4 - Marriage Records

Today's Fearless Females challenge is Marriage Records:

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

I have a lot of marriage records - here is a recent copy of the marriage record of one set of great great Grandparents from 1866

Thomas Mullen and Catherine Casey marriage certificate

But there are no wedding photos of Ancestors apart from a few photos of my Mum and Dad's wedding:

Mum and Dad - wedding "breakfast" - Chevron Hilton hotel
Mum and Dad got married in the registry office in Newcastle New South Wales. They had to get married in a registry office as Dad was divorced and the Catholic Church (of which Mum was a member) wouldn't allow them to get married in the church - in fact one priest told Dad not to marry Mum at all. One of the things Dad wrote in later years about his chat with this priest is pretty interesting and might feature it its own #52Ancestors post.

Neither Mum nor Dad lived in Newcastle, they were both from Sydney. However, as I mentioned in a recent #52Ancestors post, Dad was in the Merchant Navy and Newcastle was the port where he was signing off from his ship, so that's where they got married.

They then travelled back to Sydney to have their wedding "breakfast" at the Chevron Hilton a new "international" style hotel (having opened less than 12 months before they married)

They travelled to Adelaide on the train for their "honeymoon". The porter kept coming by their compartment to ask if everything was ok. It was only later they realised that the call button was on the wall the bed was against and they kept bumping it.

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