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Morshead family

Morshead-Macarthur wedding 1901

The wedding of Herbert Dillon Edward Morshead and Ida Maud Macarthur, 4 June 1901.

Photo taken at “Broxt” Feilding.

(photos kindly supplied by Ana Gray-Doughty)

The Feilding Star 5 June 1901:
A wedding which created more than usual interest was solemnised, in St John's Church, Feilding, yesterday afternoon, the church being well filled with guests and sightseers. The contracting parties were Mr Herbert E Dillon, the eldest son of E.T. Morshead, Esq. of Wellington, and Ida Maud, younger daughter of the late D.H. Macarthur, Esq. M.H.R. of Feilding. The Venerable Archdeacon Twogood (of Marton) and the Rev A.S. Innes-Jones were the officiating clergymen.
The bride was attended by six bridesmaids, namely Misses A. Macarthur (a sister), Isabella and Lena Morshead (sisters of the bridegroom), Linda Koch, Nancie Hartgill and Dulcie Fitzherbert, the two latter being little girls. Messrs L. Gorton and F. Myers acted as groomsmen, the bride who was given away by her mother, Mrs H.L. Sherwill, looked charming in a costume of white Duchesse satin trimmed with Mechlin lace, and wore a beautiful Honiton lace veil, carrying a lovely shower bouquet.
The four mentioned bridesmaids -Misses Macarthur, Isabella and Lena Morshead, and Koch -were attired in pretty yellow trained silk dresses with fichus and transparent yokes of white lace, relieved with black velvet rosettes, and black velvet belts, skirts with tucked flounced edged with lace, and wore chiffon toques. They carried handsome bouquets of yellow and white crysanthemums. The two younger bridesmaids -Misses Hartgill and Fitzherbert -wore white satin Greenaway frocks, with silk lace collars and white felt hats with white silk and tied under their chins. They carried baskets of flowers.
Mr Morshead, snr, presided at the organ, playing appropriate music. At the conclusion of the ceremony in the church a reception was held at “Broxt” on such an elaborate scale that it presented a pretty and comfortable appearance to those who partook of the hospitality of Mrs Sherwill.
During the afternoon the Feilding Brass Band discoursed appropriate music by way of further enlivening the proceedings. In the evening Mr and Mrs H.E. Morshead left on a honeymoon trip, which will be spent in the Wanganui district, carrying with them the good wishes for their future happiness and prosperity of a very large circle of friends, the popularity of the bride and bridegroom may be gauged from the great number of valuable and useful presents received by the bride.
The bridegroom's gifts to the bride and bridesmaids were -to the bride, an opal ring and to the bridesmaids, gold crescent brooches with pearls and sapphires. In the evening the guests were entertained at a dance in the Forresters Hall, all present thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Wedding party 1901

The bridal party (left)
Mary Macarthur Sherwill (the mother of the bride)
is standing between her daughters;
Ida Maud MacArthur (the bride)
and Alice Ethel Macarthur (one of the bridesmaids)


Herbert and Ida had three children:

  • Beatrice Warwick Morshead

  • Edward Dillon Vernon Morshead

  • Godfrey Orley Morshead


Herbert Morshead died at Gallipoli May 9th or 10th, 1915 after joining the 15th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force in February of that year. His name is included on the memorial at Lone Pine Cemetery, Turkey.

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