Stratford Historical Society and Museum

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Location: Victoria, Australia

Friday, October 23, 2009

Agnes Hickman's wedding dress II

Agnes Welfare's wedding dress

We have had an enquiry about for more details of Agnes' dress - and for a pattern! The best we can do is above - the dress is in a very light crepe.

Welfare and Hickman wedding

The wedding is of Agnes Welfare (Victoria) and Clarence Hickman (Tasmania) 11/09/1920 L. to R. George Welfare, Addie Nichols, bridegroom and bride, Alfred Welfare, Victoria Welfare. Took place at St Stephens Anglican church Richmond Vic.

You can see a bigger version HERE.


Blogger Lenore said...

Hi Linda,

My attention was drawn to what would appear to be an anomoly in this Hickman/Welfare wedding photo. I checked myself that it did indeed take place in Victoria in 1920. What I find odd is that the men are wearing medal ribbons. Medals began to be doled out in mid 1921, with the Victory Medal being posted out in late 1922.

I'm no expert in medals and ribbons, but I wonder what the explanation is for them having medal ribbons in 1920?

The other surprising thing is that the men wore their uniforms, having been discharged in 1919. I guess that is just personal preference.

Perhaps some experts on the Military list would know more about wearing medal ribbons in 1920.

Best wishes,


9:17 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Stand by - I am consulting the experts. I wonder if it is possible that the photograph was taken after the wedding - a long time after the wedding?

8:58 PM  
Blogger Lenore said...

Further information has come to light with respect to medal ribbons. Ken Anderson of the National Vietnam Veterans Museum tells us that ribbons are eligible to be worn as soon as they are promulgated, which of course is before medals are actually issued. Ribbons were also issued to troops who participated in the Victory Parade in London in 1919. So perhaps the men in the photo were wearing their ribbons in 1920 at the time of the wedding before their medals were issued. Thanks, Ken!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

A rather late comment. Clarence returned home in November 1919,and this wedding photo appeared in the Tasmanian Mail on December 9 1920.


6:15 PM  

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