Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – the Smith family of Valencia Creek

In preparing my post, Blogging from A to Z – V is for Valencia Creek, I came across some family notices for the family for events that didn’t actually occur in Valencia Creek, so I decided to use these for my Trove Tuesday post this week.  The first is the death notice for James Smith. James was my ex-husband’s 2x great grandfather.

James Smith death notices
Family Notices (1938, August 1).Gippsland Times (Vic. : 1861 – 1954), , p. 8. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from

SMITH. – On July 28, at “Kilburnie.” Johnson Street, Maffra, James, relict of the late Dora Smith and loved father of Thomas (deceased), Mary Jean (Mrs. McCole, Rachel (Mrs. Coombs), John James, and William: in his 95th year. Formerly of Briagolong and Valencia Creek

And the following article is about my ex-husband’s great grandparents, Thomas Smith and Louisa May Clyne’s wedding.

Smith Clyne marriage notice
ORANGE BLOSSOMS. (1903, September 10). The Maffra Spectator (Vic. : 1882 – 1920), , p. 3. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from


A remarkably pretty and attractive wedding was celebrated at Newry on 26th ul., the contracting parties being Mr. Tom Smith, of Boisdale, eldest son of Mr Jas. Smith, Valencia Creek, and Miss L. M. Clyne, youngest daughter of the late David Clyne, of “The Grange,” Newry. The ceremony took place at Newry Presbyterian Church, the Rev. J. Garde being the officiating clergyman. The church presented a very nice appearance, having been prettily decorated by girl friends of the bride. As the bridal party entered the church, the choir sang “The voice that breathed o’er Eden.” The bride who was given away by her brother Mr Jas. Clyne, looked very nice, her wedding dress being ivory satin trimmed with silk embroidered chiffon, court train, wreath and veil to match, and also wore a handsome gold necklet with pearl and ruby charm, gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Miss Smith, Miss A. Fitchess (Melbourne), and Miss Jessie Clyne, and wore handsome dresses of white silk trimmed with applique insertion, black picture hats. The bridegroom’s gifts being pearl love birds. Mr J. J. Smith acted as best man, Mr F. Farmer (Traralgon), being groomsman. After the ceremony Mr and Mrs J. Clyne held a reception at the Newry Mechanics’ Hall, which was attended by the relations and very near friends. The following toasts were honored:- “Bride and Bridegroom” responded to by the bridegroom: “Bridesmaids.” Responded to by Mr. J. J. Smith. “The union of families.” Responded to by Mr Dick Farmer. A move was then made for the Tinamba railway station, and amidst showers of rice, confetti and good wishes from a large circle of friends who had assembled on the platform, Mr. and Mrs. Smith left by the afternoon train en route for Ballarat, where the honeymoon was spent. The wedding presents were costly and numerous.

Thomas Smith and Louisa May Clyne
Thomas Smith and Louisa May Clyne. Photo provided by their granddaughter, Jennie Bradley

And this article is for another wedding, this time for James and Dora’s daughter Mary.

McCole Smith marriage notice
Family Notices (1916, September 21).Gippsland Times (Vic. : 1861 – 1954), , p. 2 (MORNINGS.). Retrieved April 26, 2016, from


 MCOLE – SMITH. – On the 23rd August, at Scots’ Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. C. Fraser of Maffra, Duncan Stewart McCole, “Lorneswood,” Newry, to Mary Jean, eldest daughter of James and the late Dora Smith of “Avon View,” Valencia Creek.