Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wedding Wednesday

Jinnie Bunston to David Wilkie


A transcript of the wedding article I found on Trove.  This was published in the Ballarat Star on 24 March 1906.

A wedding was solemnised at the residence of Mr Geo Bunston "Mayfield", Skipton, on 7th March when Jane Louisa, third daughter of Mr and Mrs Bunston was married to David John, third son of Mr and Mrs David Wilkie.  Rev F McQueen performed the ceremony, in the presence of a number of relatives and friends of the bride and bridegroom.  The bride, who was given away by her father, ware a pretty dress of white chine silk, made over cream, and trimmed with Paris lace and ribbon.  She wore the usual wreath and veil, and carried a handsome bouquet of flowers.  The bridesmaids were the Misses Mary and Gean Bunston (sisters of the bride) and Miss Janet Wilkie (sister of the bridegroom).  Their dresses were of white china silk made over cream and trimmed with Paris lace and ribbons.  They wore gold brooches , gifts of the bridegroom, and carried shower bouquets of white flowers and asparagus fern.  Messrs W. Wilkie and Philip Bunston (brothers of the bridegroom and bride respectively) acted as groomsmen.  After the wedding breakfast was partaken of, the and Mrs Wilkie drove to Linton en route to Mansfield.  The bride's travelling dress was of brown cloth, with satin front and trimmings, and hat to match.  Numerous handsome and useful presents were received by the bride and bridegroom.

Jane (Jinnie) Bunston was the sister of my great grandmother, Gean - the bridesmaid mentioned above.  Two brothers, James and George, and a sister, Fannie, had all relocated to the Mansfield area which will be why Jinnie and David went there after the wedding.

Jinnie and David were both born in 1878.  They had three children together before Jinnie's death in 1919.  Their youngest child was just three years old.  Her sister, Mary - the other bridesmaid - help David with his children.  He remarried in 1926, to Mary Victoria (Sis) Cairns.  David passed away in 1948.  He is buried with Jinnie in the Skipton Cemetery.

More about David and Jinnie can be found here.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Sepia Saturday 377


To quote "The Wind in the Willows" I took the prompt to be along the lines of "messing about in boats".

This is Beatrice Annie Nash, my 2nd great aunt - sister to my great grandfather.

She was born in Freshford, Somerset, England in mid 1887 (around July).  Bet was the third child and eldest daughter of James William Nash and Matilda Whatley.

Now, I'm not too sure if this photo is legit.  It certainly looks like she is sitting on the deck of a cruise ship (thankfully not the Titanic) enjoying the sun and a good book.  But, it also looks like she may be sitting in front of a well drawn backdrop.  Either way, she looks stunning in her puffy sleeves and big hair.

Bet would go on to marry Jack Hawkins in 1911 and have three children, two boys and a girl.  Bet passed away at just 59 years of age in 1947.


This second picture is of my dad's cousin Kol as a toddler.  With his grandmother Gean Nash (nee Bunston) in the passenger seat and a very happy pet dog on the shore of the mighty Murray River.

I have a feeling they didn't get very far down the river :)

After WWII Kol's parents (Cliff and Muriel Morris) moved to the Mildura area where he was born in the late 1940's.  He is the eldest of four boys.



In 1951 Gean Nash (nee Bunston) on the right, travelled to England with her husband Percy Nash and some cousins.  (I can't for the life of me remember which ones, even though I just saw a "bon voyage" photo last week!  Don't know where it has gone now).

This was the first time Percy had been back to England since he served in Europe in WWI.  He came to Australia in 1912, so 40 years later he visits his mother.  It is also the first (and only) time Gean met her mother in law.

Below is the Strathmore, the ship on which they sailed.





Now, you may recognise this last picture - it's the one I posted a couple of weeks ago.  But it fits nicely with my "messing about in boats" - so once again, I give you my grandmother Elsie and great grandfather Sam Davenport.

Nan is ready to take the plunge while her dad steadies the ship.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Sepia Saturday 375


It has once again been a long time between posts, but I saw this week's prompt and thought I'd share a couple of pics.

I decided to go with the theme of "swimming costume" rather than swimming.


This first picture shows my paternal grandfather Percy (left), sister Muriel and brother Wilf getting a good hosing down on a hot summer's day by their mother Gean.

This photo would have been taken by their father, Percy, at the family farm "Mayfield" near Skipton in the early 1930s.  The kids were born two years apart, starting with my grandfather in 1921.


This second picture shows my maternal grandmother, Elsie.  She is the one with the stunning cap on!  She is in the boat with her father Sam.  I don't know the other men.  

This picture was taken at Lake Jollicum which is just south of Streatham in Victoria.  These days it is a 15 minute drive.  
I expect this photo to have been taken in the mid 1930s.  My grandmother was born in 1918 and she looks to be a teenager in this photo.