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Old Film:: My Parent’s Wedding (1953)

My sister emailed me scans of two wedding photographs belonging to my parents. The first was clearly made by my father’s mother, Elvie Ruth Bonner. The second looks like it was a studio portrait.

Bruce and Vanda - Wedding Hobart

My mother and father married on Friday 11 September, 1953 in Hobart, Tasmania. A newspaper description says “With her bottle-green sun-ray pleated gabardine suit the bride wore pastel pink accessories.”

They had another service in Launceston, Tasmania. My mother borrowed my father’s sister’s wedding dress. I like that my mother is giving a cheeky smile in this one as though she was snapped unawares.

Mum's wedding, Launceston

The photograph’s ability to capture time and space on a two dimensional surface is relatively new in history. Bar the last century and a half, any images of our parents (or forebears) were limited to the realm of commissioned portraits of the rich. The advent of the camera has given at least some of us a veritable flip book of our families lives from even before we were born. That’s as incredible as walking on the moon or sitting in a tube among the clouds to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

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