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Arthur John Taylor’s Wedding Day #52ancestors in 52 weeks

March 20, 2020

Professional genealogist and podcaster Amy Johnson Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks.

I am happily taking up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, that will collate many years of research results. In most cases, the research for my ancestors is not complete, and possibly never will be complete, but I’m hoping to build a story of the lives they lived with the information I have to hand. I’m hoping to publish these stories in a book at the end of 2020. Each week a prompt will be given as the theme for the week.

Week 12: Popular

I’m sure that Arthur Taylor and Emily Gladman could be described as popular, after reading the newspaper report of their wedding, especially considering 300 guests attended their wedding and that the dancing started at 6pm and went through the night until 8am next day.

ARTHUR JOHN TAYLOR was born in 1880 at Yarrawonga, Victoria, to parents CHARLES LLOYD TAYLOR and ANNIE SARAH SMITH. In 1904, when he was 24 years old, he married EMILY MAY ELIZABETH GLADMAN.  The marriage was held at Laen, in the Western District of Victoria.

Following is a transcription of the first half of the newspaper report of the wedding. There are many words that are unreadable. I have replaced those unreadable words with (?). The second half of the report, is extremely  difficult to read due to fading,  but it refers to gifts given to the bride and groom and who gave them. I have included the gifts and surnames of guests that can be deciphered, after the transcription

from: The Horsham Times, Friday 21 October, 1904, page 1

“SOCIAL. A very pretty wedding was celebrated at Daisy Farm, Laen North, on Wednesday, September 7th, between Miss Emily May Gladman and Mr. Arthur John Taylor, of Horsham. About 300 guests had responded to the invitations of the brothers and sisters of the bride to be present. The ceremony took place at 3 p.m. in the large dining room, which had been very tastefully decorated for the occasion with flowers and greenery, and a pretty wedding bell was suspended from the ceiling; under this bell the bride and bride-groom stood.

The Rev. Mr. Beeman was the officiating clergyman, and the bride, who looked radiant, was given away by Mr. John Gladman acompanied by five brides maids; Misses Ethel and Millie Gladman (sisters of the bride), Misses May and Maud (sisters of the bridegroom), and Miss (?) (niece of bride); while the bride was supported by Mr. Ernest Taylor & Mr George Williams, of Yarrawonga.

The bride was beautifully gowned in white silk, trimmed with silk lace and (?) ribbon and sprays of orange (?), wreath and veil, and carried a bouquet of ferns and violets. The first bridesmaid Miss Ethel Gladman, was dressed in figured silk lustre, trimmed with cream (?), chiffon lace and silk ornaments; & Miss May Taylor, cream figured Iustre, trimmed with cream satin net applique and Miss Millie Gladman, white sik trimmed with satin, ribbon and chiffon, lace and (?) Miss Maud Tayor, cream (?) trimmed with cream satin, silk insert aplique; Miss Ethel Glen, pale (?) veiling, bebe ribbon and cream silk.

The knot being securely tied, the guests went through to the marquee to do justice to a scrumptous breakfast which had been preceeded by the Wedding March being rendered by Mrs Duncan and Mr Waterhouse. Full justice having been done to the many good things provided. Mr. Schafer, in a pleasing speech, made the toast of the Bride and and Bridesmaids, which was honored by all present, and responded to by the bridegroom in a neat speech. The Bridesmaids was proposed by the bridegroom and responded to by Mr Ernest Taylor. The Mother, Sisters and Brothers of the bride was proposed by Mr. A. J. Pyers, replied to by Mr. John Gladman. The seniors, Old Maids, and other toasts were proposed and honored.

At 6 o’clock dancing proceeded, and was continued without interuption until 8.30 next morning, music being supplied with piano and violin by Mr. Niccolls, assisted by Mrs Duncan, Mr. (?) others, having an efficient M.C. in D. Griffiths. Songs, recitations, etc., were rendered in another compartment by Mrs. (?) , Misses Gladman, Muir, Bassett, (?) Cathcarrt and Dickeson, Messrs (?), Connelly, Waterhouse, Weston and Nicolls. Mr Murphy keeping all amused with his continual flow of gusto during the night.

A most enjoyable day and evening was spent by all present, and the whole of the arrangements reflected well on the hosts and the hostesses, who had spared neither trouble nor expense to secure comfort of their guests. The happy couple left the next day for Horsham, where they will reside. The bride’s travelling dress was brown lustre, trimmed with cream satin and net, buttons and piping, and wore a stylish hat to match.

The wedding presents were numerous, & costly, the following being a list of of them, the complete list not being to hand.”


Household linen – silver butter server – pretty bedroom lamp – ruby salt cellars –  moustache cup – velvet cushions –  fancy table centre – silver pickle cruet – fancy vases – plush workbox – handsome teapot – set of jugs – a dozen serviettes – handsome lamp – tray cloth and table centre – silver dinner cruets – table cloths – jam dish and silver stand – cutlery – cut glass pickle jar and tongs – silver tray – jam dish – biscuit barrel – sauce bottle – handsome teapot – cake dishes – tumblers – cups and saucers – painted pictures


Taylor – Gladman -Williams – Glen – Waterhouse – Schafer – Pyers – Griffiths – Bassett – Muir – Cathcart – Dickeson – Connelly – Weston – Nichols – Murphy – Crone – Richmond – Coates – Phillips – Eagles – Farrell – Borker – McDonald – Young – Barber – Downe – Gardiner – Adams – McPherson – Kelly – Oakley

Keeping it in the Family

End Note:

In 1906 Arthur Taylor’s sister May married Emily’s brother John

In 1915, John’s sister Annie amaud married married Emily’s brother Albert Victor

Links to my other blogs: Best Bookish Blog and Next Phase In Fitness & Life

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