David Alexander Masterton (1886-1941)

David Alexander Masterton (1886-1941)

The wedding of David Alexander Masterton to Sarah Ann Parker in Pakenham, Victoria, Australia is covered in considerable detail in the Malvern Standard newspaper, even to the extent of listing their principal wedding presents!


David Alexander Masterton was the sixth child and third son of George Masterton, saddler, and Mary Ann Madden, who had married in 1871 in Victoria, Australia. This places him as a descendant of immigrants James Masterton and Janet Park, part of the large Masterton family from Culross for which details can be found at this link.

Malvern Standard


A quiet, but pretty wedding was celebrated on Wednesday, May 13, at the residence of Mr and Mrs Williams, Regent street, Prahran, the contracting parties being Mr David A. Masterton, of South Yarra, and Miss S. A. Parker, third daughter of Mr James Parker, of Rushworth. The Rev. W. S. Rolland, of the Presbyterian Church, Hawksburn, performed the ceremony. The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr Williams, looked charming in a beautiful gown of white muslin, trimmed with valenciennes lace and insertion, with wreath and veil, and carried a shower bouquet with streamers, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaid was Miss Nellie Parker, sister of the bride. Mr C. James was best man. A reception was held in the diningroom, Mr and Mrs Masterton being congratulated by their friends, who were afterwards entertained at a wedding tea, which was laid out in a large marquee. The beautiful table decorations were the work of lady friends of the bride.

The presents were costly and numerous, amongst which were the following :-
Mother of bride, tea set, tea-pot and curtains
Mr and Mrs Williams, wedding cake, bedroom clock and tumblers
Mr and Mrs Lothian, hand-painted mirror on easel and set of jugs
Miss Parker, cake stand, salad bowl and bedroom lamp
Mr C. James, dinner cruet
Miss Miles, cheque
Miss Atkinson, cheque
Mr J. R. Paris, fancy butter dish, honey jar, sugar basin and sauce bottle
Mr M. Parker, dessert spoons
Mrs G. and Miss A. Parker, ornaments
Mr and Mrs M. Munn and family, kitchen utensils and fancy work
Mr and Mrs Grant, cheese dish
Mrs Thompson, set of jugs
Mr and Mrs Morrissey, salad bowl and sauce bottle
Miss May Morrissey, candlestick
Mrs J. Lothian, butter dish
Mr and Mrs H. H. Rogers, diningroom clock and silver serviette rings
Mr G. Cook, ornaments
Miss Holmes, bread-fork
Mrs W. Paris, set of jugs
Mrs Paris (senr.), tea-pot
Miss C. Grant, vases
Mr J. Grant, breakfast cruet
Mr W. Fenton, cake stand
Mr H. Lothian (junr.), picture frames
Miss Lothian and Mr Philpot, cake stand, vases and egg cups
Mrs W. Masterton, vases
Miss Hutchins, photo and frame
Master H. Parker, tea-pot
Mrs J. Sullivan, table cover
Miss G. and K. Rapkins, vases, cake dish and jam dish
Miss D. Scott, table mats and set of jugs.

Malvern Standard
Saturday, 13th June 1908