Some Aboriginal Marriages 1944 - 1948


National Archives of Australia F315 1949/265 Part 1 Marriages Paul Mackett Copyright P J Mackett, 2009 NB I have attempted to group correspondence about marriage applications together. Letter dated 4. 6.1944 from Frank Martin at Pine Creek via Katherine Wants to marry a H/C girl from the Compound at Alice Springs. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 6. 8.1947 Phyllis Meyers H/C and Clifford F/B both of Hermannsburg Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 16. 9.1947 Sport Pearce H/C and Harold Thomas both of Alice Springs Sport is 21 years old and mother of 3 children, two being born in the Southern States during the evacuation period and one in Alice Springs. The father of the latter infant is Harold. Harold is 20 yrs old. They have been living together for the past 18 months. Harold's letter states Sport Betty Pearce H/C and that he is a H/C 26 years old. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 16. 9.1947 Maggie @ Maggie Davidson F/B and John Davidson European Correspondence 1947 about marriage at Borroloola of Patrick James Mulholland and Amorlerah aka Andrea of the Yanyulah tribe. She is 18 years old and mother of a H/C boy.Patrick is 36 years old. Correspondence dated 1948 states P J Mulholland is 36 yrs old. Permission for marriage granted 26. 2.1948. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 29. 8.1947 Lorna Lydia Cooper H/C and Stephen Joseph McGuinness H/C both of Darwin Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 18. 8.1947 Desley Joyce Rotumah H/C and Victor Edward Williams both of Darwin Single sheet with the following Births Ronnie, born 30. 7.1947 Mother Clara Bam-bit-my-you Father Mickie Tam-boo-rabie Previous Issue Little Mickie and Eileen Duration of Residence at Settlement 12 months Correspondence dated September 1947 Mr John Davidson of Delamere has been granted permission to marry lubra Maggie. He had this lubra as consort for a number of years and admits paternity to an infant a few months old. There is another child known as Eileen Lunn to the same lubra. This child is 7 years of age. Eileen is now at the Church of England Hostel Alice Springs. Correspondence dated 1948 re marriage of Betty Fisher H/C who is under 18 years of age. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 27. 2.1948 for Betty Fisher H/C and Bob Shepherd H/C both of Croker Island. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 20. 8.1948 for Betty Elizabeth Fisher H/C and Robert Shepherd both of Darwin. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 23.12.1947 Dorothy Audrey Anderson H/C and Ivan Keith Aldenhoven both of Darwin Letter dated 13. 2.1948 to Police Wave Hill George Thompson H/C formerly of Inverway Station has applied to marry female Aboriginal Janey. Letter dated 30. 3.1948 states Thompson is about 21 years old and is now at Newry Station. Letter dated 20. 5.1948 from Timber Creek Police states little is known about Thompson but he is an elderly man. Correspondence dated 20. 2.1948 from Catholic Presbtery Alice Springs to Alice Springs Marriage of Daphney McDowall and Dudley Hele will be a good thing. Dudley originally comes from Oodnadatta. Also letter dated same day and signed by Daphne and Dudley. Both are half-castes. Daphne was reared in the Halfcaste Institution. Both are over 21 yrs. Permission to marry granted 26. 2.1948 Marriage celebrated 28. 2.1948 Alice Springs. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 27. 2.1948 Nida Wilson H/C and Bill Ryan H/C both of Croker Island. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 19. 3.1948 Molly Shepherd H/C and Bennie Baban H/C both of Darwin Letter dated 23. 3.1948 from Haasts Bluff Mission Allan Abbot and Mary Krause desire to marry. Allan Abbot was born 22. 7.1924, his mother now deceased was Karma, a full blood Native and his father Ted Abbot a halfcaste. Allan attended school at Hermannsburg. Two years ago Allan was married to Concy (Conoy ?), a F/B girl from Hermannsburg. She died in childbirth at Haasts Bluff. Their son Spencer is being cared for by relatives at Hermannsburg. Mary Krause was born at Hermannsburg in July 1932, her mother Jintenaka was a F/B woman of the Loritja tribe, her father was a white man Mr Krause from Brisbane. Both can sign their own name. Letter dated 7. 4.1948 states permission not required as both are aboriginals. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 10. 4.1948 Connie Margaret Wilson H/C and Leonard Cole H/C both of Darwin. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 28. 4.1948 Violet McGuinness and James Everard Stanton both of Darwin. Letter dated 1. 6.1948 Mr A W Gibson, an employee of Napperby Station wishes to marry an aboriginal named Lucy. Permission for marriage granted 9. 6.1948. Letter dated 6. 5.1948 states Gibson is about 60 years old and is likely to remain at Napperby all his days. Lucy is about 20 years old. Her mother is Ruby H/C and alleged father is native Friday. Permission for A W Gibson and Lucy H/C both of Napperby Station to marry granted 30. 6.1948 Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 22. 6.1948 Nettie Waters H/C and Richard Jan both of Darwin. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 1. 7.1948 Eileen Riley H/C and Alfred Albert Sariago both of Darwin. Letter dated 16. 7.1948 states Certificate of marriage has been lodged by Rev F Flynn, but no form of consent attached, for Eileen Lorna Riley a non-exempt H/C aborigine. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 19. 7.1948 Nancy Moo H/C and Albert Vincent Brown both of Darwin. Letter dated 16. 7.1948 Certificate of marriage has been lodged by Rev F Flynn, but no form of consent attached, for Eileen Lorna Riley a non-exempt H/C aborigine. Permission for Celebration of Marriage dated 2. 9.1947 Nellie Jean Kelly H/C and Alleyne Kitching European both of Darwin. Letter dated 30. 8.1948 from Newcastle Waters re marriage of Charles Alum, non-exempt halfcaste, and lubra Whiskey. They have lived together for a number of years and have fice children, namely Wallace, born 1938 Gilbert, born 1940 Reginald, born 1942 Brian, born 1945 Jean, born 2. 1.1947 The first three are attending school in Alice SPrings and have been baptised in the Church of England there. Letter dated 8. 9.1948 states as both are aboriginals for the purpose of the Ordinance permission is not required. Telegram dated 23. 9.1948 states permission for marriage Chee and Musgrave in mail. Telegram dated 23. 9.1948 states Charlie Ah Chee 25 yrs and Ruby Musgrave 21 yrs both unexempted halfcastes desire to marry. Permission granted for marriage of Ruby Musgrave H/C and Charlie Ah Chee H/C both of Alice Springs to marry. _______________________________________________________________________
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