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V: Vera Penelope Ethel Dale #AtoZChallenge

April 24, 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.

Vera Penelope Ethel DALE is my first cousin three times removed. Her parents were Joseph Langham DALE and Emily Jane COX. Emily was my second great grand aunt. Vera, born in 1889 at Kyneton, was the 14th of 15 children.

On 4 September 1915, Vera married Edward Clemans at Kyneton. This was quite a society wedding which was well reported in the Kyneton Guardian.

From: Kyneton Guardian (Vic. : 1870 – 1880; 1914 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved April 24, 2021, from


Although the marriage of Mr Edward Clemens, of Kyneton, to Miss Vera E. Penelope Dale, second youngest daughter of Mrs J. Langham Dale and the late J. Langham Dale, of Kyneton, was very quietly celebrated on Saturday evening, September 4, much interest was centred in it, as both bride and bridegroom are well known and highly esteemed residents of the town. The ceremony took place in St. Paul’s Church of England at 6.45 p.m., and Canon Bishop officiated, the church being filled with friends and well wishers of the contracting parties.

The bride who was given away by her brother. Mr W. S. Dale, wore a lovely trained wedding gown of white crepe de chine. The bodice, draped with white ninon, was veiled with shadow lace, and the shirred skirt was finished with sprays of orange blossom. A beautifully embroidered veil was worn, arranged with mob cap effect and finished with a wreath of orange blossom, the only ornament worn being a diamond necklet, the gift of the bridegroom. An exquisite bouquet of carnations completed a beautifully simple bridal toilette.

The bride was attended by two bridesmaids, her sister. Miss Myrtle Dale, and Miss Amy Wells. The former wore a smart frock of white satin with a full double skirt of pink and white ninon. The bodice with a stylish coatee of pink ninon. A becoming mob cap of pink tulle was worn and a posy of primroses carried. Miss Amy Wells wore a sweet frock of white crepe de chine, with skirt, of three tiers with scalloped edges, and the bodice veiled with ninon and shadow lace, and a sleeveless Eton coat of crepe de chine. A mob cap of pale blue tulle was worn and a bouquet of forget me nots, tied with pale blue streamers, completed a pretty costume.

The bridegroom’s gift to the first bridesmaid was a gold wristlet watch and to the second maid an aquamarine necklet. The bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a handsome oak writing bureau. In addition to their bouquets the bridesmaids carried each a satin cushion, one pink and one blue, on which the bride and bridegroom knelt before the altar. As the bridal party entered the church Mr A. M. Perkin played the Wedding March and after the ceremony the Bridal March from Lohengrin. Mr A. E. Barnes supported the bridegroom and Mr Sellar was groomsman.

After the ceremony Mrs. Dale entertained the guests, mainly relatives and a few near personal friends, to wedding tea at the Arcadia, the bridal party being conveyed by motors supplied from Mr Roberts’ garage, each being decorated gaily with pink and white hyacinths and japonica and pink and blue streamers.

Mrs Dale received her guests, and the bride and bridegroom received their friends’ congratulations in the ante-room, which was beautifully decorated with blue gum and daffodils. Mrs Dale wore a smart coat and skirt of crepe de chine, relieved with a soft white vest, and a black and white aeroplane hat, finished with a white velvet rose and jet pins.

Several pretty frocks were worn, including the following: Mrs Kearns, Sydney (sister of bride), smart black silk, made with tunic effect, the over-skirt of heavy black silk and the bodice and Medici collar relieved with pale pink, and mole colored transparent hat with tiny roses: Mrs W. S. Dale (sister-in-law), turquoise blue crepe de chine over silk, black picture hat with white flowers and velvet streamers; Mrs Jas. Armstrong, mole crepe de chine with double skirt and coatee and white silk net front finished with tiny pink buttons, and a mole hat. with crown of pale blue lilies of the valley finished with white ornaments.

The wedding tea took place in the large supper room, which was very attractively arranged. The guests were seated at three large tables, each prettily adorned with a wealth of early spring flowers, relieved by native heaths and the charming euancondit, which grows with such profusion on the hills to the north west of Kyneton. The effect of the whole was rendered more beautiful, by the soft illumination of the silver candelabra shaded with pink. Several toasts were proposed and received with evident zest.

Canon Bishop directed the ceremony, and in feeling terms proposed “The King” which toast was enthusiastically received, after which he submitted “The Bride and Bridegroom,” making reference to the sincere regard which was entertained for them both. He believed there was none more highly spoken of amongst his congregation than the bride whom they were honoring. Mr Clemens had been fighting bravely and he was pleased to find that, like that brave soldier, Private Jacka, he had been rewarded by a V.C. for his wife would henceforth be known not as Vera Dale, but as Vera Clemens. He felt their union would be a very happy one, and he wished for them both all the prosperity that they might hope for themselves.

The bridegroom, in testifying his thankfulness, not alone of the proposition, but for its hearty reception, spoke of the pleasure which he had experienced at the hope, which he and Mrs Clemens had, of a successful and happy future. He, in turn, neatly proposed “The Bridesmaids,” when Mr. A. E. Barnes, best man. responded on their behalf. “The Bride’s Mo-ther” was proposed by Mr J. Armstrong, and responded to by Mr W. S. Dale, who has now returned home from Western Australia. “The Rev. Chairman” was submitted by Mr. E. Armstrong and acknowledged by Canon Bishop. R.D.

During the evening, songs were rendered by Mrs Frank Serpell and Mr Tom Clemens, the musical accompaniments being provided by Mr A. M. Perkin. Mr. and Mrs Clemens left by the train for Melbourne, en route for Sydney, and the Blue Mountains, the bride wearing a stylish tailor made of gabardine with a white satin vest and a black and white hat of crepe de chine, with black velvet flowers set closely round the crown.

On their return they will reside at “Halcyon,” High Sreet Kyneton. They were the recipients of many handsome and valuable presents, including many cheques. Amongst the gifts were a beaten copper vase from St. Paul’s Sunday School teachers and a table from the employees of Dales’ Mutual Stores.

Please Note: Please note: paragraphs and punctuation have been added for ease of reading.

MARRIAGE. (1915, September 7). Kyneton Guardian (Vic. : 1870 – 1880; 1914 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved April 24, 2021, from

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  1. Great description and lovely photos. I had to look up ninon, apparently a sheer fabric.
    Interesting they used the term wedding tea rather than breakfast. I understood a wedding breakfast was the first meal after a marriage as they break their fast together for the first time. I agree it might sound a bit silly for later in the day though.
    Not sure about the VC joke, memorable but not I think in the best taste.

    • The joke was definitely in bad taste. I did wonder what the guests thought. I hadn’t noticed the wedding “tea”. It is strange. I also understood breakfast was to be the first meal. Perhaps it came in later

  2. So descriptive! I love the details.

  3. It is just scrumptious how much detail is in those newspaper accounts but I am glad that the reporting isn’t like that these days. Imagine having your clothing scrutinised so closely. And of course I am off to find out what on earth ninon is!

    • I googled ninon and found it’s a lightweight fabric but couldn’t photo. I’m afraid I wouldn’t measure up to the glamour of those times. I’m as pleased as you that my outfit isn’t scrutinised

  4. These wedding reports paint such amazing pictures from a time when photography was not so common.

  5. How wonderful to have those photos. I’m often bewildered by the fabric and dress descriptions though some intensive reading might solve that. The gifts within the bridal party were certainly generous.

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