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Manny’s birthday book – August 31

August 31, 2011

Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for ChildrenMy grandmother, who I called Manny, had a birthday book.  I’m posting the entries throughout the year, as they appear.

When one month changes to another, there is a colour-plate page inserted, with a whole page colour drawing by Kate Greenaway.  For these times, the name appears on one side of the plate, and then the plate and the dates appear in the next opening.

This is one such time:

From Manny’s birthday book – August 31 – Arnold Bird

Grapes, grapes! don’t you like them

Purple, large and sweet;

Little children, come and pick them

Come, and let us eat.

Arnold Bird – another member of the Bird family.

Arnold W. Bird, born 1914 in Perth WA (1914/1537 WA).  There is no listing in the WA historical  marriage index for Arnold, but Arnold William Bird died in Yunderup WA on 14 December 1978, aged 64 years.  The grantee on his grave site at Karrakatta Lawn Cemetery is Catherine Molly Bird who died in Claremont 3 June 2006 aged 89 years.  Catherine and Arnold are buried together at Karrakatta.

The West Australian, Monday 10 October 1938 p. 7 contains an engagement notice:

The engagement is announced between Catherine Molly, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Morris of Dowerin and Arnold William, elder son of  Mr. and the late Mrs. J.T. Bird, of Kalgoorlie.

The Western Mail, Thursday 12 October 1939 (p. 19) carried this picture and story:

Mrs. A. W. Bird... formerly Miss Molly Norris of Mt Lawley whose marriage took place last Saturday

Mrs. A. W. Bird... formerly Miss Molly Norris of Mt Lawley whose marriage took place last Saturday

BIRD-NORRIS WEDDING.  St. Georges Cathedral, Perth, was the scene of a pretty wedding on Saturday evening when Catherine Molly, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Norris, of Dowerin, was married to Arnold William, son of Mr. J. T. and the late Mrs. Bird of Kalgoorlie.  The Very Rev. Dean Moore officiated at the ceremony.

The bride, who entered the church on the arm of her father, wore a beautiful gown of silver French cloth, embroidered with a tulip and orange blossom design, featuring an uplift bodice gathered softly across the front, with a square Elizabethan neckline, and collar, and fastened down the back with silver buttons.  The skirt fell to form a long train, and was held in place with a halo of orange blossom.  Her bouquet was a trailing sheaf of water lilies.

The bridesmaids were Miss Kathleen Norris (sister of the bride), Miss Marjorie Gillies and Miss Betty Jamieson, who wore petal bloom pink tulle frocks modelled on picture lines, over matching taffeta.  The necklines were cut straight across the front in Edwardian design, with high shoulders, and pink top knots surmounted shoulder-length veils.  Cameos of tiny fresh flowers were strung on black velvet ribbon neckbands and they carried peach-tinted bouquets with trails of lilac.

Little Valerie Norris (niece of the bride) was a dainty flower girl and was dressed in georgette to tone with the bridesmaids. She wore a halo of pink hyacinths on her head and carried a silver basket of peach-tinted flowers.  Mr W. F. Stephen was best man, with Mr. Jack Norris and Mr Dudley Barton as groomsmen.  As the bride entered the church and as she left it with her husband, the cathedral bells chimed out.

A reception was held at the Savoy Hotel, where Mrs. Norris received the guests wearing a black brocaded triple ninon frock, relieved by a posy of cloth of gold roses.  A sisal straw toque completed her ensemble.  She was assisted by the bridegrooms sister, Mrs. Stanley Williams, who chose  distance blue crepe, with touches of silver, and carried a bouquet of pink roses.  Miss Dolly Norris (sister of the bride) also assisted in receiving the guests and wore a picture frock of delphinium blue marquisette with a corsage spray of matching flowers.

During the evening, the bride and bridegroom left on their honeymoon.  The bride travelling in a frock of Bali-Rose pink, simply cut, relieved by a black hat and accessories, and topped by a skunk cape.

You may remember Mrs. Stanley Williams, who was greeting guests at the reception from a previous ‘Manny’s birthday book’ entry for Sheilah Bird.  The late Mrs J. T. Bird is presumably Mrs Bird of another previous birthday book post.

I have discovered that the Bird family lived at 68 Ward Street Kalgoorlie – Manny’s family lived at 51 Ward Street Kalgoorlie, so they were neighbours when Manny was growing up.

If you knew Arnold William Bird please comment and let me know.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2011 8:28 pm

    ….dear Manny and her birthday book. The colour plate is rather special and I have been trying to imagine it embroidered into a quilt – another project for another day.
    Thank you for allowing us all to share Manny’s book and get to know her family and friends. I feel part of the family too just reading each post and understanding the intricacies of the circles of their lives.

    • Michelle permalink*
      September 2, 2011 8:38 pm

      oh Sue, what a wonderful idea – If you ever decide to do it, let me know and i’ll send you all the scans of all the colourplates. What a beautiful quilt they’d make!!
      And then I’d have to have a photo of it to post here 🙂

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