Story: Middle Eastern peoples

The Farry family of Dunedin (2nd of 3)

The Farry family of Dunedin

In the early days, Lebanese weddings were big events and could last up to a week. Here, the community celebrates the marriage of Gabriel Farry and Jamelie Coory in 1899. Before the wedding Gabriel had given £500 to Antony Coory, his future father-in-law, in order to buy jewellery in Australia. But weddings became cheaper, less flamboyant affairs as second-generation Lebanese married other New Zealanders.

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Private collection, John Farry

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James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, 'Middle Eastern peoples - The Lebanese', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2022)

Story by James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015