A special day in 1903

A Special Day for Pelaw Main

The 26 January 1903 was a very special day for Margaret Holden and Arthur Griffith, a young couple from Pelaw Main in the Coalfields.

Courtesy of the Coalfields Heritage Group, we have a couple of terrific photos of  their wedding which was the first held at Pelaw Main.


The Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate gave a great description of the wedding –


The first wedding to be celebrated at Pelaw Main took place in the Methodist Church on Monday, when Mr. A. Griffith and Miss M. Holden, both of Pelaw Main, were married by the Rev. P. J. Stephen. The church was decorated for the occasion with evergreens and flowers. The wedding party in four vehicles drove around the town, being assailed at almost every street with showers of rice. The bride was dressed in cream cashmere, with chiffon lace trimmings, veil and wreath, and carried a shower bouquet. The bridesmaids were Miss Jessie Winning and Miss Jeff, who were attired in cream cashmere and lace trimmings, and Miss Daisy Griffith, sister of the bridegroom, who wore white silk, trimmed with lace. Messrs. R. Hanley, A. Winning, and A. Bland performed the duties of attendance upon the bridegroom. The bridegroom’s present to the bride was a valuable gold brooch, and the bride’s to the bridegroom a gold scarf pin. Later in the day a tea was prepared in the Methodist Church, at which about 200 persons from all parts of the district at tended. The health of “The Bride and Bridegroom” was proposed by the Rev. P.J. Stephen, and responded to by Mr. C. Hanley on behalf of the newly-married couple. At the conclusion of the tea a social evening was spent, when vocal items, recitations, &c., were rendered. Mr. and Mrs. Griffith left for Sydney on Tuesday morning. where the honeymoon will be spent. The bride wore a travelling dress of blue cloth, with guipure trimming and toque to match. Many presents were presented to the newly-married couple.

“PELAW MAIN” Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) 29 January 1903: 6. Web. 22 Mar 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133362089>.

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