Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Golden Anniversary - Donald & Jane Mackay

On the 11th of June, 1851, my Great Great Great Grandparents Donald Mackay (1829 - 1912) and Jane Gilliban Walker (1834 - 1911) were married in the town of Dungog, New South Wales. The following article describes how they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Bowraville on the 11th of June, 1901.

50th Wedding Anniversary of Donald & Jane Mackay
[Source: BOWRA NEWS. (1901, June 14). The Raleigh Sun (Bellingen, NSW : 1898 - 1918), p. 2.
Retrieved February 10, 2016, from]

Hopefully you just read the article and noticed at the end it said a photograph was taken of the whole group. Yes, this is that photo! Donald and Jane (she is wearing a veil) are seated in front of the very tall man standing slightly left of center.

The clan at Donald and Jane's 50th Wedding Anniversary
[Source: Family Collection]
Time for a close up...

Official Portrait of Donald and Jane Mackay at their 50th Wedding Anniversary
[Source: Family Collection]
It sounds like it was a grand event!


  1. Such a contrast between the bridal-white veil and the sombre black dress.

  2. Interesting that she wore the veil for the event. Don't you just love these great news stories.

  3. My Tierney and Kealy ancestors were in Dungog at that time. The Tierneys were undertakers - do you have any ancestors buried in Dungog? I'm wondering if my ancestors buried them.

  4. Oops - just realised they moved on from Dungog. Lesson - read the article before you post an excited response.

    1. I have a couple of ancestors who were born in Dungog but none buried though. They all moved on. Do you have any ancestors from Taree/Wingham area?

  5. There were some Currys in Wingham and a Ball cousin of Mr GenuAus' dad.