Story: Marriage and partnering

Wedding invitation, 1895

An invitation to the marriage of Julia Thorne George and W. B. Colbeck, to be celebrated on 26 June 1895, was sent to Sir George Grey, formerly governor of New Zealand. As was then usual, the bride's mother and father – Mr and Mrs Seymour Thorne George – were identified with the father's name only. The custom reflected the absorbing of a married woman's legal identity into that of her husband.

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Marriage and partnering - Marriage in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/30772/wedding-invitation-1895 (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 May 2017