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Wedding photograph of Sylvia and John Parsons with their wedding party.

AR00225.001

Wedding photograph of Sylvia and John Parsons with their wedding party.

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Physical description

A hand-coloured sepia photograph in a rose gold frame. The photograph depicts a bride and groom, Sylvia and John Parsons, and their wedding party. The party includes six adults and two girls, with the bride and groom in the centre. The bride wears a white dress with a long train arranged in front of her. The three men, including the groom, are wearing military uniforms. The two bridesmaids are wearing full-length blue dresses. The flowergirls are dressed in gold. The five female figures are each carrying floral arrangements. One of the men is wearing a khaki army uniform. The figures are posed in front of a wallpapered interior wall, with a door with a slow-release mechanism in the right background. The photograph is signed in the lower left corner in pen and ink 'La Sybyll / Goulburn'. There is a wooden stand attached to the back of the frame.

Statement of significance

The Parsons Collection consists of a wide range of material relating to John Parsons' Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) career during World War II, his 1941 marriage to Sylvia Johnson and their early postwar life. The collection includes his uniforms and kitbag; items thought to have been souvenired from the 1940 Canberra air crash; and photographs connected with his operational tours to New Guinea in 1942-3 and to Borneo in 1945. The Parsons' wartime wedding is represented by Sylvia's wedding dress, cake decorations and other accessories, a teapot and two framed wedding photographs. Their early postwar life is illustrated by photographs and documents relating to their building and purchase of a war service home in Canberra.

Through its rich range of objects, photographs and documents, this collection illustrates how two young Australians experienced the Second World War: one ground crew in the RAAF and the other a working war bride. Its significance rests in its range and complexity.

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