Wedding at Axedale 1917

The Society of One Place Studies have put out the challenge of posting using their 2022 blogging prompts. Following is my post for the February prompt, #OnePlaceRomance

From: Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Thursday 31 May 1917, page 21


The marriage of Mr. James Raymond George, B.A., of Preston, to Miss Doris Husey Millington, younger daughter of Mr. .and Mrs. W. S. Millington, of Axedale, was celebrated in St. Paul’s Church of England, Axedale, on the 10th April, by the Rev. W. H. Hillard, assisted by Mr. R. G. Pettifer.

The church was nicely decorated by the bride’s friends. Mesdames J. Brooke and S. Evans presided at the organ. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a white silk dress and hand-worked veil, by a friend, and carried a bouquet of white flowers and asparagus fern. The two bridesmaids (Miss Francie George and Miss Lydia Millington), sisters of the bridegroom and bride, wore dresses of cream silk and white voile, and silver wristlet watches were the gifts of the bridegroom to the bridesimaids.

Mr. C. Droby, of Preston, acted as best, man and Dr. W. J. Denchy, of Melbourne, was groomsman. This being the first wedding in.the church, the contracting parties were presented with a handsomely bound Family bible by the officiating clergyman, on behalf of the congregation.

Mrs. S. Evans played the Wedding March. The wedding breakfast was served at the residence of the bride’s parents. The Rev. W. H. Hillard presided.. The National Anthem was sung, after which the usual toasts were honored. The happy couple left by the midday train for Melbourne amidst a shower of confetti. The gift of the bridegroom to the bride was a. handbag, and that of the bride to the bridegroom a photo enlargement of his father: Many useful presents were received, also several cheques. The wedding was of a quiet nature owing to the death of a brother of the bride in the war.

St. Paul’s Church Axedale today.
The church is no longer in use.

*Please note: Punctuation and paragraphs have been added to the above transcription for ease and speed of reading.

“MATRIMONIAL.” Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 – 1918) 31 May 1917: 21. Web. 18 Feb 2022 <;.

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