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Anglican wedding, 1909

Anglican wedding, 1909

Well-dressed guests cluster outside Whanganui's Christ Church at the wedding of Eric Riddiford and Phyllis Barnicoat on 23 February 1909. Anglicans were less likely than Catholics or low-church Protestants to attend church regularly. Anglican churches were, however, important sites for ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. This wedding was a highly respectable occasion, bringing together the daughter of a Whanganui solicitor and the son of a prominent Wairarapa runholder. The local newspaper reported that the bride was 'becomingly attired in a beautiful empire dress of liberty satin with tunic of old Limerick satin', and that she was attended by five bridesmaids.

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John Stenhouse, 'Religion and society - Church adherence and attendance, 1840–1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/28391/anglican-wedding-1909 (accessed 17 October 2021)

Story by John Stenhouse, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018