On Thursday 25 October 1877 Philip Champion de Crespigny (1850 – 1927) married Annie Frances Chauncy (1857 – 1883).
|Family Notices. (1877, October 29). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 1. Retrieved September 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5942944|
|This photo of Annie Frances Chauncy was taken around the time of her wedding in 1877.|
The Ballarat Courier reported:
There was a good deal of commotion yesterday at St Paul’s Church amongst the fair sex, the occasion being the marriage of Mr Philip Champion Crespigny, the eldest son of Mr Crespigny, P.M., of Ararat, to the eldest daughter of Mr Chauncy, district surveyor, of Ballarat. As the bride walked up the aisle, a voluntary was played on the organ, and after the conclusion of the ceremony the Wedding March was pealed forth. The happy couple left Ballarat for Melbourne on the afternoon train. (The Ballarat Courier 26 October 1877)
The Camperdown Chronicle also reported on the riotous proceedings:
|BALLARAT. (1877, October 30). Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 – 1954), p. 3 Edition: BI-WEEKLY. Retrieved September 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64012654|
I have no idea why the wedding should have caused such a stir or whether the spectators were known to the bride and groom. Perhaps one day I will find some letter or diary reference that might shed some clues.