Romance in the airLooking back once more at my mother's family, the 1930s decade was awash with weddings. Shortly before the 1933 wedding of her eldest sister Mary, the next in line Margaret Monica O'Dea announced her engagement to James Barry. Margaret Monica had been born in Hamley Bridge, South Australia on 4 May 1910 to parents Patrick and Georgina O'Dea. James Peter Barry was the son of Thomas Benedict and Johannah Barry. He was three years older than Margaret.
O'DEA - BARRY. - The engagement is announced of Margaret Monica, second daughter of Mrs. G. E. O'Dea, of Hamley Bridge, and the late Mr. P. J. O'Dea. of Pinnaroo, to James Peter, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Barry, No. 2. Frobisher avenue. Flinders Park.₁It was almost three years before their wedding took place in 1936. The depression years had taken their toll and for a young couple the challenges of saving for a marriage and obtaining some household goods would have been difficult. In December of 1936 this report of their wedding appeared in the Southern Cross, South Australia's Catholic weekly newspaper.
|L to R: James Ryan, James (Jim) Barry, Margaret O'Dea, Hannah O'Dea|
Marriage Solemnised at Hamley Bridge.
Miss Hannah O'Dea, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid. She was frocked in apple green floral georgette, made tunic style, featuring high neckline and long sleeves. A green picture hat, and shoes to match completed her toilette. She carried a bouquet of pink rosebuds.
Mr. James Ryan (cousin of the bridegroom) was best man. Little Therese Conley (bride's niece), Monnie Bennett, and Keith Martin, hung horseshoes on the bride's arm, on leaving the Church.
Prior to the marriage, the bride was tendered a kitchen evening in the Druids' Hall, by her many friends. Mr. S. Casaretto thanked those present on behalf of the guest.₂
Further notesThe photo is one from our family collection and as well as the bride and groom has a lovely picture of my mother Hannah who in November of 1936 was 24 years old. At this stage she was engaged to Eddie Horgan and their marriage followed shortly after in April of 1937.
James (Uncle Jim) died in July 1974 and Margaret (Auntie Marg) lived for another 25 years until her death in January 2000. They are buried together in the Murray Bridge cemetery.
- 1933 'Family Notices', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), 18 February, p. 14. , viewed 12 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41468474
- 1936 'Family Notices', Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954), 4 December, p. 12. , viewed 12 Aug 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167081559