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Double Weddings Australia

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Project Aim

The whole idea of double wedding is of interest to me. Weddings are often touted as being the best day of the bride's life, so for something so intimate with the person's soulmate, it is of interest that some people would want to share the day with their sibling(s). Perhaps this was done in the past, out of purely financial considerations, because the cost of wedding has always been something which would have necessitated the parents to have saved money. Perhaps also if there are especially close friendships between sisters and brothers, and the two people concerned are of reasonable similar age, there is a desire to have that relative's support on the big day.

Part of the reason for me to look into this, was the double wedding of Michela Chiappa, a Welshwoman of Italian ancestry, who is the presenter of a TV show called "Simply Italian". The final episode of the series featured Michela being married alongside her sister in a Tuscan church.

The aim of this Freespace project is to list all the double and multiple weddings which occurred in Australia and/or which involved Australians elsewhere in the world (eg England).

The main source of wedding notices is Trove

Marriage Locations

New South Wales


South Australia



Albert Park

Private residence

10 Sep 1886 [1]

Charles KING married WESTERN
J. YOUNG married KING

Parents: KING - Rev. J. King; WESTERN - ; YOUNG - (no info)


Private residence: Ayrbank Estate, Burrumbeet Road

Apr 1886 [2]

Richard CRAZE married Frances Mary BARBERRY
P E SULLIVAN married Richard's sister, Bessie CRAZE

Parents: CRAZE - H. N. Craze

Bendigo (formerly called Sandhurst)

All Saints' Church of England

10 Sep 1885 [3]

O. A. WILLANS married Alice CAPPER

Parents: WILKINSON - ; WILLANS - ; CAPPER - (no information)


St. John's Church of England

28 Jun 1894 [4]

Norman Thomas Mortimer WILSMORE married Leonora Jessie LITTLE
Herbert Foley RODDA (second son) married Leonora's sister, Grace Lillias LITTLE

Parents: LITTLE - Dugald Little; WILSMORE - ; RODDA - Rev. Richard Rodda, of St. Paul's Church, Broadmeadows.
Ms. Leonora Little was the first person to graduate B.Sc. from the University (aka University of Melbourne).


Anglican Church

4 Jul 1889 [5]

George de Lacy EVANS married M. A. STOOKE
Vernon STOOKE married Stella Mary Surtees EVANS

Parents: EVANS - Martin R. Evans; STOOKE - George Stooke, of Wolfdene, Mornington

Port Melbourne (formerly called Sandridge and Montague)

Private Residence, Battersea House

18 Apr 1889 [6]

G. C. BENTLEY married DEAN at Battersea House Unknown's brother, George W. S. DEAN married A. M. LOCKE at Mymiami, Essendon

Parents: DEAN - George Dean; LOCKE - Charles Locke
George W. S. Dean was Councillor for Port Melbourne.


St. Matthew's Church of England

30 Jul 1890 [7] [8]

Robert T. FEATHERSTONHAUGH married Edith Maud GAYER (eldest daughter)
Samuel James WARNOCK married Edith's sister, Lilian Sara GAYER (second daughter)

Parents: GAYER - Robert Gayer, of Burnham, Dandenong Road, Windsor; FEATHERSTONHAUGH - John Wolseley Featherstonhaugh, of Co. Wicklow, Ireland; WARNOCK - Dr. Warnock, of Richmond.

St. Kilda

All Saints' Church of England

14 Feb 1900 [9]

Charles Must ROBERTS married Grace Adelaide LEARMONTH
Ernest Edward Mackrill SMITH married Grace's sister, Pearl LEARMONTH

Parents: LEARMONTH - A. J. Learmonth; ROBERTS - Charles Must Roberts (sen.); SMITH - Joseph Mackrill Smith, formerly of Petersfield, Hampshire, England.

South Melbourne (formerly called Emerald Hill)

Unnamed Private residence, Raglan Street

27 Jun 1889 [10]


Parents: RUSSELL - James Russell; POULTER - F. D. Poulter, of The Hawthorns, Shortlands, Kent; KENNEDY - Donald Kennedy, of South Melbourne.

South Yarra

Christ Church (Anglican)

9 Apr 1895 [11]

Thomas HOLLOWAY married Ellen Fanny HODGSON
Frederick Thomas SPINKS married J. Helena LAWRENCE

Parents: HOLLOWAY - no details; HODGSON - A. G. Hodgson, of Charsfield, St. Kilda Road; SPINKS - no details; LAWRENCE - John Lawrence, MLA, of Cremona Villa, Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne.

Note: Not really a double-wedding as no apparent sibling connection but reported as an "effective double wedding" by Table Talk and interestingly the ceremonies occurred concurrently "both bridal parties at the chancel rails" [11]


St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

24 May 1886 [12]

George Parker BOWEN (2nd son) married Sarah Jane LEES (1st daughter).
His brother Bingham BOWEN (4th son) married, Sarah's sister Rosamond May LEES (2nd daughter)

Parents: BOWEN - Commander Bowen, RN, JP, of Tasmania ; LEES - F. R. Lees, barrister-at-law, of Hobart, Tasmania.

Western Australia


  1. Family Notices (1886, September 17). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 9. Retrieved February 7, 2021 >Article
  2. Family Notices (1886, April 30). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 10. Retrieved February 7, 2021 >Article
  3. Family Notices (1885, September 18). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 8. Retrieved February 7, 2021 >Article
  4. Family Notices (1894, July 6). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 13. Retrieved February 8, 2021 >Article
  5. Family Notices (1889, July 12). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 10. Retrieved February 7, 2021 >Article
  6. Family Notices (1889, April 26). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 9. Retrieved February 7, 2021 >Article
  7. Family Notices (1890, August 1). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 18. Retrieved February 8, 2021 >Article
  8. Family Notices (1890, August 16). The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), p. 46. Retrieved February 8, 2021 >Article
  9. Family Notices (1900, March 17). The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), p. 55. Retrieved February 7, 2021 >Article
  10. Family Notices (1889, July 5). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 9. Retrieved February 7, 2021 >Article
  11. 11.0 11.1 Family Notices (1895, April 12). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 14. Retrieved February 8, 2021 >Article
  12. Family Notices (1886, May 29). Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), p. 42. Retrieved February 6, 2021 >Article



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