Wedding of Jeff Hapgood & Amy Patricia Waddell, Kin Kin 1931

I recently went home to visit my parents and my Dad showed me some old photos, including some of my grandparents wedding, that I scanned. I am sharing them in this post together with other photos and paper clippings.

Amy Patricia Waddell, known as “Pat”lived in Two Mile, near Kin Kin, and George Waddell ran the Two Mile Hotel there. She was apparently a very independent and strong willed person and there is one fantastic photo of her as a kid taken about 1915, with curly ringlets like Shirley Temple poking out from under her hat, all dressed up in a fur coat and a matching handbag, standing in a very cheeky and defiant hands on hips pose.

Amy Patricia Waddell, about 1915. Family collection.

Jeffery Gordon Hapgood was born in 1899 in Croobyar, Milton, NSW but by 1915 his family moved to Kin Kin Queensland. Jeff was the eldest and the only boy in the family. There is a photo of him taken at Kin Kin at Christmas in 1930 below, and there is a photo of him with his family in 1915 (same year as the photo of Amy Patricia above) in the “Hapgoods from Kin Kin” family photo.

Jeff Hapgood, Christmas at Kin Kin 1930. Family collection.

The Hapgood and Waddell families were already connected, as Jim Waddell (b1904) had married Ina Rose Hapgood (b1907) in 1929. By 1931 Amy and Jeff were engaged to marry (if someone knows the story of the proposal, please let me know!) and there was a social event at the Kin Kin School of the Arts to celebrate their engagement and pending marriage about a week later.

Brisbane Courier, 2 May 1931 via Trove

They were married at St. Lukes Church, Kin Kin, on 5th May 1931 when Jeff was 32 and Amy was 24. The bridesmaid was her sister, Jean Waddell, and the best man was Bob Payne (Bob was Jeff’s best mate and also his cousin – their mothers Clara Rose Newton and Sarah Newton were sisters). The official wedding photos of the bride and groom, and the wedding party, are fairly formal. Her bridal veil was loaned to Amy Pat by her sister Dorrie Seddon nee (Dorothy Waddell) and the lace at the bottom of the hem is lovely.

Wedding of (Amy) Patricia Waddell to Jeff Hapgood, 4 May 1931. Family collection
Wedding of (Amy) Patricia Waddell to Jeff Hapgood, 4 May 1931. L to R: Jean Waddell, Patricia Waddell & Jeff Hapgood, Bob Payne. Family collection
Wedding certificate of (Amy) Patricia Waddell and Jeff Hapgood, 4 May 1931Witness Jean Waddell and Bob Payne. Family collection

Their wedding was also reported in the Brisbane Courier paper which added extra details of the gorgette dress and that Jean’s bridesmaid dress was blue.

Brisbane courier, 7 may 1931 via Trove http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21715002

There is also one less formal shot of Amy Pat and Jeff on the steps of St. Lukes Church, where Jeff is smiling and beaming with his chest puffed out and his suit shoulders are covered in confetti or rice. The rest of the guests are following them out of the church.

Newly weds, Jeff and Pat Hapgood, on the steps of St Lukes CoE in Kin Kin, 4th May 1931

After seeing this post, my cousin Vikki shared this great photo of Pat Hapgood outside the church with her father George Waddell standing behind her. It’s nice to see one of the bride and her father. It also looks like Jean Waddell in the background, given similarity in the hat, dress and pearls with the other photos above, and it’s possibly Peggy Martin the flower girl on the left.

Newlywed Amy “Pat” Hapgood out the front of the church with her father George Waddell begins her. Family collection [1].

The wedding was also relatively early in the morning as the wedding was followed by a wedding breakfast for guests at the Waddell residence. A morning wedding seems quite sensible given the heat and humidity in Queensland and the lack of airconditioning in 1931.

For their honeymoon they went to Rockhampton and the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland. Amy Pat wrote on the back of two photos were they were. The first one is a nice honeymoon shot of Amy Pat standing near a row of palmtrees on the beach in Rockhampton. She is wearing a polka dot dress and a hat. Presumably Jeff took the photo.

Newly married Amy Patricia HAPGOOD nee Waddell on Honeymoon in Rockhampton 1931. Family collection.

The second photo is of Jeff Hapgood leaning in the doorway of a large tin shed. Amy Pat wrote on the back “Jeff at the door of the shed we camped in at Barrier Reef, old turtle soup factory”. He is wearing a hat and seems to be holding a blanket. A honeymoon camping in an old soup factory shed doesnt sound very invting by todays standards, even if it was on the barrier reef. Perhaps it had a great view, perhaps it was all they could afford, and perhaps any room to yourselves after a lifetime of growing up with ~10 siblings each would be a luxury!

Jeff Hapgood on his honeymoon, standing at the door of the shed that they camped in at Barrier Reef, which was apparently an old turtle soup factory. Family collection.

[1] Photo shared by Vikki R, who received it from our mutual cousin J. McG. (Names shortened). Shared Feb 29 2020

(Additional comments or corrections from family most welcome! Email me at karenhapgood [at] gmail.com )

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  1. […] Dorrie met Bertie Seddon, known as “Seddy” when he was posted to Kin Kin as the bank manager. They married on 4th December 1924. Dorrie sent a wedding photo to her oldest sister Mags, and probably to all her siblings as there are a couple of different copies of this photo on Ancestry. I havent been able to find a wedding notice in the paper, but her dress is ankle length and features a couple of layers of finely pleated sheer looking fabric. She has a very stylish lace veil for the era, which she later loaned to her younger sister Amy “Pat” Waddell (my grandmother), who married in 1932. You can see the embroidery on the veil more closely in Pat’s wedding photo. […]

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