Irwin Oxley Blackman, my second cousin, three times removed, was married to Miss Evelyn Pretoria Barker in what seems to have been quite a posh wedding.
A wedding of interest to a large circle of friends was solomnised at Christ Church, Milton, on October 15 when Mr. Irwin Oxley Blackman (eldest son of Mr .and. Mrs A. Blackman, Ascot, Bris-bane) was married to Miss Evelyn Pre-toria Barker (eldest daughter of the late Mrs. M. C. Barker and of Mr. W. J. Barker, Normanby Hill, Kelvin Grove).
The Rev. T. Healy-Wilson officiated and Mrs. Jackson presided at the organ. Dur- ing the ceremony Miss. Sobina Craies ren-dered a vocal solo. The church had been prettily decorated. The guest pews were marked with bows of satin ribbon and posies of flowers and a large wedding bell was suspended above the bridal party. The bride who was given away by her father, was gowned in ivory French beaded mari-ette over satin beaute. Her veil of em-broidered tulle (which was lent by Mrs. H. Gordon, Gympie) was worn in cap fashion, and was finished with a coronet of orange blossoms. The bride carried a bouquet of arum lilies, swathed in tulle, and tied with ivory satin stream-ers. On leaving the church the bride was presented with a silver horseshoe by Miss Maisie Anderson. The two bridesmaids, the Misses Alleen Barker and Dulcie Blackman, were frocked alike in mauve crepe de Chine, trimmed with scallops of ruchings and shell-pink bebe roses, and their mauve tulle veils were caught at the sides with shell-pink roses. Both maids earned shower bouquets of pink carnations and gerberas tied with tulle bows and streamers. Mr. George Warner acted as best man. Subsequently Mr. W. J. Barker entertained about 60 guests at Kokomo, Normanby Hill (kindly lent by Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Robbins), for the occasion. Mrs. E. Collins (aunt of the bride) acted as hostess. Tall crystal vases of roses an gerberas set amid giant maidenhair forn, beautified the tables. Coloured streamers and dainty place cards marked each guests place. A two tier wedding cake (the gift of Mrs. Warner, Kelvin Grove road) occupied the centre of the table. Mrs. Collins wore a black and gold Jace frock with an old rose shaded evening wrap, edged with deep fringe of the same shade. Mrs. Blackman chose a navy crepe de Chine frock, relieved with henna, and a hat to tone. The bridesmaids were presented with wristlet watches. The bride’s-gift to the bridegroom was a set of dress studs, and the bridesgroom’s gift to the bride was a cheque. On leaving foe the honeymoon, which is being spent in the Northern Rivers district, Mrs. Blackman wore a silver grey crepe de Chine frock, the bodice being appliqued in cyclamen, and the skirt finished with three tiers of french pleating. She also wore a black crepe de Chine travelling coat, and a hat to tone.
BLACKMAN—BARKER. (1927, October 22). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864-1933), p. 24. Retrieved April 1, 2011, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21186408
Blackman-Barker. (1927, October 27). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866-1939), p. 48. Retrieved April 1, 2011, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25302101