An interesting piece for Trove Tuesday this week. From February 4, 1882, The Portland Guardian reported on some hush-hush weddings in the district with the information provided by an “esteemed occasional contributor”. The weddings were happening but the wedding bells were not ringing. Not only that, one groom baked his own wedding cake.
An article such as this is most useful to the researcher. It has names, place names, marriages and religious denomination
I think Father O’Donoghue might have been ready for a lie down. All those weddings and he was doing his own housework after his housekeeper, Miss Lavery was also “united in the holy bond”. In case you were wondering, Miss Lavery’s new husband, John Quinlivan, did not bake the wedding cake just because he fancied himself as a cook… he was a baker.