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Religion: Church of England
Address: St. Barnabas Church
Best man: Ivor Charles ALDOUS (aged 27 years)
Quality of data: primary evidence
Citation details: 21604/1936 SOUTHWELL STEWART LESLIE ALDOUS MELVIE EVA TAREE
Source: Newspaper - The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales
Citation details: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article171468919
Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 - 1954), Wednesday 27 January 1937, page 2
A very pretty wedding was solemn-ised at St. Barnabas Church of Eng-land, Oxley Island, on Monday, 28th December, when Melvie Eva (second youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Aldous. of 'Orange Grove' Oxley Island) was married to Stewart Leslie (younger son of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Southwell, of Jones' Island. The bride chose white silk velvet for her gown, which was cut on classic lines. The skirt flared into a long circular train, edged with pink and white flowers and silver leaves and almost to the tip of the train fell a beautiful net veil from a coronet of orange blossoms, set high up on her head. She carried a trail of frangipanni, which was made by Miss Thelma Hayward, of Jones' Island. Mrs. Ken Sullivan, of Newcastle, was matron of honor, and Miss Ena Lee, of Oxley Island, bridesmaid. They were dressed alike in blue floral matelasse, with long blue net coats, which had full puffed sleeves, and red velvet girdles. With this they wore red velvet shoes and red gloves. Charming little blue-pleated net halos with a wreath of red flowers were worn on their heads. To complete the lovely effect they carried bouquets of hydrangea and gerberas. These were also made by Miss Hayward. Little Edna Southwell (flower girl and niece of the bridegroom) looked lovely in a blue and pink frock with a blue and pink headband. She carried a basket of pink and blue flowers. Mr. Ivan Aldous (brother of the bride) was best man and Mr. Frank Smith, of Sydney, groomsman. The Rev. Walter Latham officiated at the ceremony. Blue and red streamers decorated, the room at Hayward's Cafe, where the reception was held. More than 60 guests were received by the bride-groom's mother, who wore a smart frock of black crepe de chene, with hat and shoes to match. Her posy was of mixed flowers.
The usual toasts were honored and Mr. Aldous apologised for the absence of Mrs. Aldous, who was unable to attend through sickness. After the reception the happy couple left by car for Newcastle and Sydney, the bride travelling in a dusty pink ensemble, trimmed with navy, with navy hat and shoes to tone. The presents were numerous and costly, including several cheques. Their future home will be on Jones' Island.