Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Trove Tuesday - Where has all the silver gone?

When helping Mr GeniAus, who has developed more than a passing interest interest in his family history, I recently found a new treasure on Trove.

In the absence of family photos of his Ball ancestors this article reporting on the wedding of his Grandparents, James Ball and Harriet Parkinson, paints a picture for us. One wonders what has happened to the cache of silver the happy couple received as wedding presents.The good news is that Mr GeniAus has the Bible which is mentioned, it has recently been restored.

A transcription of the article follows.

Source: 1916 'WEDDING BELLS.', The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 1 July, p. 11, viewed 6 January, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86072617

On Saturday the Baptist Church, Liverpool, was crowded to excess on the occasion of the marriage of Mr. James Ball, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ball, of 'Dorking Villa,' Liverpool, to Miss Harriet Parkinson, eldest daughter of Mr. W.H. Parkinson, of Batley, Yorkshire, England. The Rev. W. Bain officiated at theceremony; and the bride was given away by her brother, Mr. R. Parkinson, while Mr. James Kay was best man and Mr.Pettitt groomsman. The bride was prettily attired in grey pallette silk, relievcd with creme maltese lace, hat en suite, and carried a handsome bouquet of white camellias. Miss E. Grundy, bridesmaid, wore a grey crepe de chine frock and black
velvet hat; Miss Ball, bridesmaid, creme crepe -de chine, relieved with lace and minon. mobcap to match; Mrs. Ball, black crepe de chine and lace, relieved with heliotrope, black hat to match. 

After the ceremony the party, adjourned to the residence of the bridegroom's parents in George street, where over 100 guests sat down to breakfast, at which the Rev, W. Bain presided, The Rev. W. Bain, In proposing the toast of 'The King,' referrcd to the service both the bridegroom and his brother had rendered to King and country in the army and navy. Mr. and Mrs. Ball, Jun.,will make Liverpool their future home.

Many presents wore received: — Mrs. J.Ball, sen., cheque and house furnishings;Mr. R. Parkinson, hanging lamp; Mr. Fred Ball, silver cake stand; Miss Ball, celery glasses; Mr. J. Kay, clock and cutlery; Mr.R. Walsh and Miss McGuire, silver butterdishes; Mr. Frank Weeks and Miss Rose-bridge, silver salad dishes ; Mr, Frank Madden, set carvers;  Mr. T. Fielding andMiss Sedgewick, silver tea pot; Miss Lees(2), silver cruet; Mr. Alex Lee, silver pickle jar; Mr. and Mrs. C. Turner, Mrs.Claughton and Miss Pollard, eider down quilt; Mr. Geo. Chapple, silver tea spoons;Miss Edna Schell, silver jam dish; Cor-poral Ferguson (R.S.A.), silver butterdish; Mr. H. Watt and Miss Wilcoxson, silver jam dish: Rev. W. Bain, Bible, Mr. Pettitt (H.M.A.S. Yarra), silver breakfast cruet; Alderman and Mrs. P. Everington, silver butter dish; Mrs. Birchmeyer, silver trinket casket; Mr. and Mrs. Osborne, silver fruit stand; Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, kitchen requisites; Miss Markham, set salad dishes; Mr. and Mrs. Grundie, silver fruitdish; Misses Grundy silver biscuit barrel; Nurse Collins, set glasses and jugs; Misses Andrews, salad bowl; Mrs. Bush,cutlery;. Mr. Bush, silver butter dish; Mr.and Mrs. Laurence Murphy, silver jam dish; Mrs. M. A. King, set, silver teaspoons; Mr;, and Mrs. Leathart, silver vase; Mr. David and Miss Dolly Mills, tea service; Mr. Shepherd and Miss Bower (Sydney), tea set; Mr. and Mrs. Chapple, silver jam dish; Mrs. Brin, set glasses; Mr. andMrs. J. Grinsdod. silver Jam dish; Mr.and Mrs. James Munro, silver butter dish; Mrs. Wood, silver dish; Mrs; Jones, breakfast cruet; Mr. R. Robinson, silver dish; Miss Hanns, dishes; Mr. and Mrs. F. Hunt Jun., jardiniere, etc.; also presents from Mrs. Ratcllffe, Mr. and Mrs. Giles, Mr.Tom Wylie, Mr. J. Stone, and many others.


crgalvin said...

If all that silver had been handed down, guess who would have to be polishing it!

Genie Jen said...

What a great find. Fancy listing who gave what gift, could have been embarrassing. My grandparents were also married that year and I have nothing to show me what happened. Love to know what she was wearing. Why weren't the photos kept and handed down?

Alex Daw said...

This was fun to read in my lunch hour at work earlier this week. I am still wondering what on earth celery glasses are though...

Anonymous said...

WOW...Alderman P Everington was my great grandfather and Mrs Birchmeier (not Birchmeyer) was my grandmother!
I have to add this to our family tree research being carried out at the moment.
thank you so much for sharing this information.
If anybody has any information on the Everington's, photos or anything, please contact me via email:


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