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#AtoZChallenge: W – Wedding of Jessie MacGregor

April 29, 2022

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 do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2022 is Family Stories. I have done this theme before, but this time, I’m choosing to research people who are more distantly related family members.

Jessie MacGregor

Jessie MacGREGOR was my third cousin twice removed, the eldest child of Duncan Scott McGREGOR and Margaret MacRAE. Jessie was born at Chin Tin in Victoria. Chintin is a small rural area, located about 50kms from Melbourne.


Jessie married the Reverend Donald Macrae STEWART, on Wednesday 5 December 1894. The ceremony took place at the Brunswick Presbyterian Church and was followed by a wedding breakfast at Glengyle, Coburg, the home of the bride’s parents. The ceremony was performed by the groom’s uncle Reverend J.F. MccRAE of Toorak.

Jessie MacGregor and Donald MacRae Stewart. From The Enterprising Mr MacGregor by Fay Woodhouse

From: Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 – 1939) 8 December 1894, page 16

STEWART-MACGREGOR. – A very interesting wedding was celebrated at the Presbyterian Church, Brunswick, on Wednesday afternoon, December 5, the contracting parties being Miss Jessie MacGregor, eldest daughter of Mr. Duncan MaoGregor, of ” Glengyle,” Coburg, and the Reverend Donald Macrae Stewart, of the Presbyterian Church, Ascot Vale

The Church was crowded with friends and interested spectators. The ceremony took place at half past one, the Reverend J. F. Maorae (uncle of bridegroom) being the officiating minister.

The bride was given away by her father, and was attended by her four sisters, the Misses Goodie, Tottie, Cissie and Pearl MacGregor, Miss EllStewart, and a little maid, Miss Ethel McRae, (cousin of the bridegroom).

The bride wore an exquisite toilette of ivory faille francaise, made with a court train. The bodice was almost all composed of silk striped chiffon, with straps of white silk brought over the shoulders, and finished at the corsage with rosettes; and having a folded belt of faille, with a large empire bow at the back. The collar was formed of folded chiffon, and the sleeves were full to the elbow, and then tight fitting to the cuff, where they finished with a small frill of chiffon. The style was simple and very becoming. The tulle veil was plain and was arranged at the coiffure to fall over a wreath of natural white roses.

The bride also wore a very chaste gold chain with a heart pendant set in pearls (the gift of her mother), and a gold bar brooch, also set with pearls (the gift of bridegroom). A large bouquet of white roses and light fern completed the toilette.

The dressing of the bridesmaids also showed excellent taste and style. The first five maids wore gowns of white spotted muslin with gathered yokes and shoulder straps of white silk ribbon, finished with rosettes on the shoulder, and having folded belts of silk with bows and ends. The sleeves were made very prettily, full to the elbow, where they were gathered in, and then tight-fitting to the cuff. They wore half-moon amethyst brooches (the gift of bridegroom). Their hats were of cream leghorn, arranged with two upstanding plumes in the front, and an ostrich feather lying fiat on the rim, in the style of Charles II., and finished with trimmings of areophane, which was also gathered under the rim in a very becoming fashion. They carried shower bouquets of water lilies and cream roses, with yellow silk loops and streamers.

The sixth maid, who was a tiny child, looked very pretty in a Greenaway frock of spotted muslin, with a gathered yoke, and white silk sash, and a leghorn hat, trimmed with silk ribbon bows. She carried a lovely basket of roses and ferns. The bridegroom was supported by his younger brother, Mr. Douglas Stewart, as best man.

The church was very prettily decorated by the sisters and friends of the bride. Quite a bank of foliage surrounded the rails, and the reading desk and pulpit were also hung with garlands of foliage. The hymns, which were sung by the choir of the Presbyterian Church, Ascot Vale, of which the bridegroom is the Pastor, were printed on ivory paper, and distributed amongst the guests. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the “Wedding March” was performed by the organist, and the bridal party left amid a shower of rose petals and rice.

The guests then drove to the picturesque residence of Mr. and Mrs. MacGregor (parents of the bride), “Glengyle” Coburg, where they are remembered as almost the oldest residents in the district. The grounds looked at their best, and the rooms of the house were brightly adorned with white roses, carnations, other white blossoms, and pot plants of every description. The drawing room, in which the bride held her reception, was very prettily set off, with foliage arranged into garlands round the walls, pot plants and vases of cut flowers.

A wedding tea was then served in the dining room, which also shared in the gay decorations.

Later in the afternoon the Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Stewart left for a honeymoon tour of two or three weeks’ duration, the bride’s travelling dress being of beaver corduroy, very smartly made with trimmings of faille. The bodice had a square yoke of faille and folded collar of the same silk, with a folded belt forming a sash with ends that reached to the end of the skirt, and full picture sleeves. A relief was formed by a large soft bow of pink chiffon, worn at the neck. Her hat of fancy straw of the peculiar beaver shade as the dress, was very prettily trimmed with pink silk poppies and oats,with a garniture of green leaves arranged over the crown and brought to the back.

Evidence of the popularity of the bride was given by the large number of very handsome presents which she received.

At the ceremony Mrs. MacGregor (mother of bride) wore a very handsome gown of black silk grenadine with a floral pattern. The bodice had a full vest of old rose silk veiled with Chantilly lace, which also formed epaulets to the shoulder, and with jet passementerie, formed an adequate trimming to the dress. Her bonnet was a dainty confection with a cream lace crown and jet rim arranged with a cluster of old pink roses and an aigrette in front, and small plumes at the back, where another cluster of roses rested on the rim, finished with black moire strings. Mrs. Stewart (mother of bridegroom), wore a handsome costume of black velvet, relieved with [unreadable word] of fine old lace;m, and a jet bonnet trimmed with roses and ribbon.

Miss Scott wore a pretty dress of brown crepon relieved with bronze passementerie; and a picture hat of brown straw trimmed with daffodils. Miss Ada Scott was in a white linen costume, and a white hat trimmed with feathers. Mrs. Trebilco wore a rich gown of black silk, with velvet sleeves and trimmings of point lace, and black jet bonnet trimmed with white flowers and ribbon.

Mrs. Herbert Ham looked very well in a pretty, cream costume relieved with black satin ribbons, which crossed the shoulders and were brought over the corsage to finish at the side with a bow and ends, and large leghorn hat trimmed with coloured roses and black plumes.

Mrs. Carl Dyring wore a handsome gown of black crocodile crepe de chine, with full sleeves finished with jet trimmings and a vest of leaf-green silk veiled with coarse guipure lace and shoulder knots of black satin, and a bonnet of black straw and jet with a garniture of Russian flowers.

Miss Cissie Scott wore a white linen costume and a white feathered hat. Mrs. James Taylor (Essendon), a black silk costume trimmed with jet passementerie, and having a vest of vieux rose silk veiled with black lace; small jet bonnet to match. The following ladies and gentlemen were present:— Dr. and Mrs. Dyring, Mrs. McDougal, Misses McDougal, Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. Lethum, N. J. MacGregor, Mrs. Macarthur, Miss MacGregor, Mrs. Nesbit, Mr. and Mrs. Flemmis, Mr. and Mrs. Downie, Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Elder (London), Mr. and Mrs. Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas, Mr. Sam MacGregor, Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, Miss Martin, Dr. MacGilvery, Mr. and Mrs. Major, Mr. and Miss Sinclair, Mrs. Trebilco, Reverend and Mrs. Irwin, Miss Scott, Miss C. Scott, Miss Mackenzie, Miss T. Mackenzie, Reverend and Mrs. Macrae, Mr. Mathie, Mrs. Stewart, Miss Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Paterson, Mr. Mathen, Mr. and Mrs. McEachran, Mr. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ham, Mr. Oscer, Mr. and Mrs. D.K. MacGregor, the Misses MacGregor, Mr. Demond, Rev, Mr. MacRae, Lieutenant Pestell, Dr. and Mrs. Sutherland, Rev. and Mrs. MacLaren, Rev. and Mrs. Hewitson, Mrs. MacDonald, Rev. Murdoch, Mr. Jan Stewart, Miss F. Scott, and Mr. J. MacKenzie.

The wedding party outside Glengyle, Coburg: from The Enterprising Mr. McGregor by Fay Woodhouse

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

“Family Notices” Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 – 1939) 8 December 1894: 17. Web. 14 Feb 2022 <;.
The Enterprising Mr M
acGregor: Stockbreeder & Pioneer Pastoralist by Fay Woodhouse

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  1. terrific to have the photos as well as the descriptions of the dresses in the newspaper article

  2. The detail in the description of that wedding is incredible. It was so colourful I was surprised when I saw the pictures.

  3. Isn’t it wonderful to have those photos and such excellent stories about the wedding. I often wonder about the fabrics they mention and should research them but haven’t got round to it. I’m still puzzling over a “chaste” fold chain and what would make one unchaste?

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