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M: Marriage – Francis Dalcam #AtoZChallenge

April 15, 2021

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or just do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2021 is Newspaper Articles About My Family Found in Trove. Trove is the electronic archive for newspapers, books, magazines, photos and much more.

Francis George Dalcam

From: The Coburg Leader, 28 September, 1895, page 1

Fashionable Wedding.
A large congregation assembled at St. Michael’s Church, North Carlton, on Wednesday afternoon, to witness the marriage of Miss Ester (Emma) Burnes, fourth daughter of Mr. James Charles Burnes, of Brunswick, and Mr. Francis George Dalcam, youngest son of Mr. Francis Dalcam, of Whroo. The church was very prettily decorated. The bride’s costume consisted of cream hopsack, tastefully trimmed with cream corded silk, net lace, white satin ribbons and orange blossom; a gold key brooch set with amethysts, the gift of the bridegroom.

The bridesmaids were Miss Mary Purcell, Miss Rachel Burnes, Miss Olive Hodge, and Miss Cecile Burnes. The bride was given away by Mr. T. Struthers, and was attended by Miss Mary Purcell, who wore a costume of cream serge trimmed with corded silk and Maltese lace; diamond ornaments. Miss Rachel Burnes was attired in a costume of cream nun’s veiling, tastefully trimmed with Maltese lace and silk to match; diamond ornaments. Miss Olive Hodge, a niece of the bridegroom, wore a costume of cream crepon trimmed with pale blue, and cream lace. Miss Cecile Barnes wore a costume of cream nun’s veiling, with cream satin to match. The bridesmaids had beautiful bouquets of white flowers with satin ribbons attached, while the bride carried a pretty bouquet or white camelias and cloth of gold roses. The bridegroom was attended by Mr. A. Colpross and Mr. R. Simpson.

After the ceremony the company adjourned to the bride’s parents’ residence, where luncheon was served to a numerous company, during which the health of the bride and bridegroom was drank with musical honors. They then left on their honeymoon, the bride’s travelling gown consisting of red cashmere trimmed with jet and lace. The presents, which were very numerous, consisted of many beautiful articles. Mr. R. Simpson gave great satisfaction as caterer.

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

Fashionable Wedding. (1895, September 28). The Coburg Leader (Vic. : 1890 – 1913), p. 1. Retrieved February 9, 2021, from

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  1. So pleased to read a cheerful news item 🙂 It is hard to read but I think the bride’s dress was of hopsack – an open weave fabric – – this article does not help me tio imagine her dress though.

    How is Francis related to you?

    • I’d say you’re right Anne. Now that I think of it, I’m fairly sure I’ve heRd of hopsack somewhere. Checked out your link. It is hard to imagine it as a wedding dress. He is my partners 2 X great grandfather

  2. I do love the way the newspapers covered the weddings of ordinary people in Australia, not just the ‘gentry’.

  3. mollyscanopy permalink

    I always enjoy the bridal and bridesmaid gown descriptions in wedding announcements, and this is no exception. Even without a photo, I can envision the bride in her cream-colored, lace-trimmed gown decorated with orange blossom.

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