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H. Woodhead and M. Timbs on their wedding day, 1943 | by Australian War Memorial collection
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H. Woodhead and M. Timbs on their wedding day, 1943

The first Army wedding in northwest Australia.


Lieutenant M. Timbs of Glen Innes, NSW, and his bride Sister H. J.Woodhead of Adelaide, SA, leaving the church after they had been married. A typical camp church built of bush timber with bamboo walls was the setting for the wedding. The bride was given away by Captain M. A. Garrahy of Brisbane, Qld, and was attended by Sister Dickman of Adelaide, SA. Captain H. McManus of Brisbane, Qld, was best man.


At the wedding breakfast, prepared by the hospital sisters, and held in the sisters' mess, the bride cut the cake with a service bayonet. The honeymoon was spent at a Northern Territory cattle station.


There is film footage of the wedding in the collection of the Australian War Memorial: you can see it on YouTube.


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Taken on June 17, 1943