I obtained an electronic copy of my grandparents’ marriage certificate today for $18.
Michael John Gorey, farmer of Waubra, married Eleanora Augusta Hermitage Sutherland at 101 Gore Street, Fitzroy, on April 19, 1913.The celebrant was Congregationalist minister John Hosking (pictured).
I thought my grandmother was Presbyterian, but she may have been Congregationalist at that time, or maybe it was close enough.
Although my grandfather was said to be ambivalent about religion in his later years, he cared enough to have his eldest child (my aunt Sheila) baptised a Catholic in August 1914.
I can’t imagine he would have been too impressed at being married by a Congregationalist and temperance advocate, or perhaps he was so much in love he didn’t care.
This post isn’t meant to be a genealogical reflection.
Rather, I discovered some interesting information about Rev Hosking.
Born at Copperhouse, West Comwall, in 1860, he was educated at Redruth Public School, and at Victoria Park College, the UMFC Theological Institution 1883-1886, and received on probation at the 1886 Conference. He offered his services to the Committee for Colonial Missions and was sent immediately to Australia where he served at Ballarat (1886-1887), Melboume (1887-1888), and Brisbane (1888-1891). He apparently had offered to come to New Zealand in 1890, and the following year a New Zealand layman on a visit to Australia was impressed by him, and an appointment was offered. He served at Christchurch, 1891-1896, and during that time was Chairman of the UMFC District in 1894. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by the Shaw University and Barritt College, of Raleigh, North Carolina in 1895.
While in Christchurch he established the Christian Evidence Society and the Moral League. He was something of a controversialist, and gained prominence through his very public exposure of the confidence trickster Arthur Bentley Worthington. Morley describes him as a voracious reader and voluminous writer, and in the New Zealand Bibliography he has ten entries, including a 565 page treatise on Christian morals, theology and history. After the Union of 1896 he was stationed at Hastings (1896-1897) and Hamilton (1897-1899). He was clearly a man with leadership ability.
After his time at Mt Eden he was appointed the pastor at the Fitzroy Congregational Church in Melbourne. While in Melbourne he was prominent as a leader of the Protestant Federation, and was also active as an Orangeman and as a temperance advocate. During the 1914-1918 War he visited the United States, and on his retum he became minister of the Chapple St Baptist Church, where he spent only a few months prior to his death, at Broken Hill, on June 27th 1919.
Even more interesting, the good reverend was happy to endorse a commercial product.
He appeared in an advertisement in The Advertiser (Adelaide) on August 24, 1912 to promote Clements Tonic.
The “splendid tribute to this great nerve and brain tonic” was written on March 1, 1912 from the minister’s manse at 101 Gore Street, Fitzroy, where my grandparents were married just over a year later.
There doesn’t appear to be a church at the Gore Street address today, according to Google Street View. I imagine the nearby Builders Arms Hotel was there in 1913 though.