Joy at Yuin Reef

This post is part of the #OnePlaceJoys blogging prompts from One-Place Studies.

The wedding of Reginald William Fremlin and Edith Brand, 1913. From L-R (in the car) H.Lee Steere, Winifred Alice Brand, Reginald William Fremlin and Edith Brand. Supplied by Eric Brand.

This photo is, so far, the second only known photo of Yuin Reef. This photo was graciously given to me by my great-uncle and it depicts a marriage.

The marriage was between Reginald William Fremlin and Edith Brand, both of Yuin Reef. For Reginald, it was his second marriage after his recent divorce in NSW. His first marriage was an unhappy one, and thus the divorce came as welcome relief to him. However, it was Edith’s first marriage. The wedding took place at the residence of the bride’s parents (Sarah Jane Gould and John Brand) on Saturday the 18th of October 1913. The officiant of the ceremony was Reverend A.J Wilkins of Mount Magnet, WA.

Edith wore a “pretty dress of muslin embroidery” with “wreath, veil, and bouquet” and was attended by her younger sister Winifred Alice Brand as her bridesmaid. Winifred wore a “pretty crepe de chene frock” with a “sash of mandarine and bonnet to match”. The best man was H. Lee Steere.

Back: Winifred Alice Brand. Front L-R: Edith Brand and Reginald William Fremlin. Photo supplied by Eric Brand.

After the ceremony, forty of the guests retired to the dining room of Sarah Jane and John Brand’s residence, where they sat down for breakfast. They enjoyed a fine meal while speeches were made and telegrams were read from well-wishing friends. There were many gifts received as the couple were “much esteemed”.

Outside, Reg Fremlin, Edith, Winifred and H. Lee Steere were showered in rice and confetti, and then were photographed in the Woolgorong Motor Car. They then went out for a short honeymoon tour. Once returned, Mr Brand’s spacious dining room was cleared to make a ballroom, and the happy couple celebrated with friends and family for many hours more.

SOURCES:

“Wedding at Yuin Reef”, Geraldton Express, 5 November 1913, page 4.

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