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Document: Bowed Assent

1935 Deaf Wedding without Interpreter. This shows that interpreting was not a “given” at such events as it usually is today.

Unusual interest was attached to a wedding at St. Thomas’ Church, Aubrun, on Saturday, when Mr. Frank Feuerriegel, a deaf-mute, was married to Mrs Mary Collins.

The rector (Rev. G. P. Birk) performed the ceremony without the assistance of an interpreter.

The clergyman put the question to the bridegroom by reading from a prayer book opened in front of him, his finger touching each word as he read the passage. The groom assented by bowing his head.

“With this ring I thee wed,” said the rector, as Mr. Feuerriegel slipped the ring on to his bride’s finger. Again the groom bowed in assent.

Then he kissed his bride and together they entered the vestry to sign the register.

A butcher, Mr. Feuerriegel and his wife will live in Park-road, Auburn.

BOWED ASSENT (1935, April 18). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), p. 4. Retrieved January 13, 2024, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article105097049
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