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Sisters wed on same day

Barb Wenck holds nine-week-old Emiley Storer and her niece Rita Murray – they tell the story behind a recent Blast from the Past photo.
Barb Wenck holds nine-week-old Emiley Storer and her niece Rita Murray – they tell the story behind a recent Blast from the Past photo. Chris Ison Rokcfollow

IF you saw Barb Cook's wedding photo, you may think you're seeing double, but it was actually Barb's sister Nell who joined her at the alter in 1948.

The two sisters married their husbands on January 19 and after seeing The Morning Bulletin's Blast from the Past in last Saturday's edition, Barb recognised her sister at the Mock Deb Ball in Yeppoon a year earlier.

Barb, 84, whose married name is Wenck, said their wedding at Yeppoon's St James Anglican Church was something that was usual in those days.

"It wasn't very common but it was a lovely day, I was very nervous though, I was shaking so much someone said if my veil wasn't clipped onto my hair it would have fallen off," she recalled.

"I sometimes get out the old photos and have a look."

Rita Murray, Barb's niece, the daughter of Nell and Stan Buchholz, who also married on the same day, said her parents were in the Mock Deb Ball photo featured in last Saturday's Blast from the Past.

"We had lots of family members in that photo, including two of my other aunties which is why I recognised it, it's been in our family for years," Rita said.

"But my daughter's newborn Emiley is Barb's great-great niece and my parents' great-granddaughter, and she was born on their anniversary this year, so that's very special to us, too."

Barb's daughter Lyn Smith said family history was something held in high regard.

"Family history is something that we talk about a lot, and it's good to hear about what is what like in the old days, because it's so different now," Lyn said.

I was shaking so much someone said if my veil wasn't clipped onto my hair it would have fallen off

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