The weather in Canberra today was unkind for the wedding of the Hon. Catherine Sidney,?
The weather in Canberra today was unkind for the wedding of the Hon. Catherine Sidney, daughter of the Governor-General, Viscount de L'Isle, to Mr. John Wilbraham, of Manchester, England. It rained heavily almost from the time the bridesmaids entered the car at Government House to leave for the historic Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist. When the bride appeared at the door of Government House she was on the arm of her father, the Governor-General Miss Sidney wore a white empire-line gown in French raw silk.
Cameramen were the only outsiders to see the bride leave, but at the church a big crowd was waiting eagerly in the rain to see her. It was looked forward to as Australia's most important wedding of the year.
Although conditions were far from perfect, neither the crowd nor Miss Sidney appeared upset. The G.-G.'s daughter was to be married by the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr. Gough. He was assisted by the Bishop of Canberra, the Rt. Rev. Clements, and the Rector of the church, the Ven. Archdeacon Hill. A crowd estimated at 1,500 waited for the new Mrs. Wilbraham to leave with her husband. Although the couple will eventually settle in England, the bride has expressly asked to be married in Australia. It was still raining when the couple left the church for the reception. Later, the couple boarded an aircraft in Canberra for their honeymoon. They have kept their destination secret.