First service wedding in Northern Territory

Accession Number F01801
Collection type Film
Measurement 3 min 18 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Driver, Roy
Place made Australia: Northern Territory, Adelaide River
Date made 24 April 1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Adelaide River, Northern Territory, 24 April 1943. The first Army wedding in Northern Australia was held in a typical camp church at the 119th Australian General Hospital, built of bush timber with bamboo walls. The bride, SX24677 AANS Sister Heather Joan Woodhead, was given away by QX48750 Captain Michael Anthony Garrahy, RAA, and was attended by AANS Sister Dickman. The groom was NX56969 Lieutenant Maurice Carmel Timbs with Captain McManus as the best man. The nuptial mass and wedding ceremony was performed by Father H J Reid, Senior Chaplain. After the service and breakfast the bride and groom left to spend a honeymoon at Mr Byrns' cattle station Tipperary. Other personnel: QFX48772 Sister Mona Violet Henry, NX136244 Sister Margaret Agnes Comtesse, VX114096 Elsie May Cox.

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