Unfavourable weather conditions prevailed on the Kalgoorlie Goldfields when returned solider and miner, William Burns Andrews married Grace Lavinia Margaret Mitchell Trezise in the first week of August, 1920; the heavy overnight frosts tricking residents into thinking snow had fallen. And it hadn’t improved by their wedding day, with drizzling rain setting in and continuing throughout the night. However, in writing that, I have never been to the hot dusty goldfields in Western Australia and the wedding party may have been pleased with those conditions.
Grace, “looked sweet in ivory crepe de chine, embroidered in silk and swathed in ninon (sic), with trimmings of silver beads, tassels and orange blossom. She swore the customary wreath and veil and carried a bouquet of white jonquils, carnations and fern.
Matron of Honour was Miss Elsie Graham, who wore a dress of cream muslin de soie, with picture hat and carried a bouquet of pink and white sweet peas, carnations, jonquils and fern”. William was ably assisted by Mr Roy Anderson.
The flower girls (or two little maids) were Alma Morley (William’s niece) and Grace Owen (Grace’s cousin, the daughter of Ellen Thomas and Ernest Lewis Owen) dressed in “dainty frocks of cream silk. The little maids carried bouquets of pink and white flowers over their arms.
Congratulatory telegrams were read and customary toasts honoured at the wedding breakfast, served at the residence of the bride’s parents.
Grace my first cousin, twice removed, born at the end of the 19th century (7 Nov 1896)in Eaglehawk, Victoria arrived on the Goldfields probably around 1903, following completion of the water supply pipeline. Blessed with longevity genes, Grace survived William, who died on 25 July 1958 at the age of 71, by 38 years as well as first born son, Lieutenant Commander Esver “Sam” Andrews.
Reaching her hundredth year, Grace died on 18 April 1996.
William and Grace’s ashes were scattered over the rose gardens at Karrakatta Cemetery.