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Family Group Sheet : George Edmund Tatham/Diana Elizabeth Lily Murison (F0742)

m. 15 Feb 1936



  • George Edmund  TathamFather | Male
    George Edmund Tatham

    Birth  28 Jun 1905  Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  25 Dec 1958  Nightingale Nursing Home Twickenham Find all individuals with events at this location
    Burial     
    Marriage  15 Feb 1936  [1, 2, 3]  St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore  [1, 2, 3] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Divorced  14 Jan 1946  [4]   
    Father  Charles Edmund Tatham | F0032 Family Group Sheet 
    Mother  Ethel Rose Hughes | F0032 Family Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Diana Elizabeth Lily Murison

    Birth  18 Jul 1913  42 Holland Park, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  02 Nov 1978  Perpignan, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Burial     
    Father  James William Murison | F0743 Family Group Sheet 
    Mother  Mabel Adeline Paterson | F0743 Family Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    Camilla Susan Rosa Tatham

    Birth  14 Nov 1936  Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  15 Feb 2009  23 The Avenue, St Margarets, Twickenham Find all individuals with events at this location
    Burial  26 Feb 2009  Mortlake Crematorium Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Male
    Charles Anthony Murison Tatham

    Birth  29 Mar 1939  Haddenham Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  20 Jan 2012  23 The Avenue, St Margarets, Twickenham Find all individuals with events at this location
    Burial  06 Feb 2012  Mortlake Crematorium Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Notes 
    • "When the Japanese invaded Malaya in 1942 we left without any possessions and were evacuated to Australia from Singapore. The family split up at that time & our father (G E Tatham) Camilla & I returned to England in 1946." [Charles Tatham at Murison family website accessed 21 Apr 2010]

    Marriage:
    • On Feb 15, 1936, at in the Cathedral at Singapore, George Edmund Tatham, son of the late Charles Tatham, Esq., and Mrs. Tatham, of 50, Carlisle Mansions, S.W., to Diana, daughter of Sir William and Lady Murison, formerly of Singapore. [The Times, 18 Feb 1936]
    • Wedding of Mr. G. E. Tatham and Miss Diana Murison.
      Bride only daughter of former Chief Justice
      Nassim Hill Reception after Cathedral Service.
      Miss Diana Elizabeth Lilly Murison, only daughter of Sir William Murison, formerly Chief Justice of the Straits Settlements, and Lady Murison, was married at St. Andrew's Cathedral yesterday, to Mr. George Edmund Tatham, son of the late Mr. Charles and Mrs. Tatham, of Ashley Gardens, London. The Bishop of Singapore, the Rt. Rev. B. C. Roberts, took the service.
      The popularity of the bride, who, before Sir William retired, was one of the leaders of Singapore's young set, her parents, and the bridegroom, was reflected in the large number of friends who were present at the residence of the acting Chief Justice, the Hon. Mr. Justice N. H. P. Whitley, at Nassim Hill. Among the guests were Their Highnesses the Sultan and Sultana of Johore.
      The Bride walked up the aisle of the Cathedral on the arm of the Hon. Mr. Justice Whitley who gave her away. She wore a beautiful snowy-white dress of the Renaissance period. The tight-fitting bodice with its carved and pointed neckline had long sleeves gauged to form three puffs but fitting tightly at the wrists after the manner of the period, while the full skirt, gauged at the waist, was cut in one with the round train. A beautiful headdress of silver, outlined with tiny buds of orange blossom, was reminiscent of Mary Queen of Scots. Diaphanous white tulle veiled the bride's face - after the new fashion - and fell in cloudy folds behind to form a short train to her skirt. She carried a prayer book of ivory and gold.
      She was followed by three bridesmaids, the Misses Muriel and Joy Lonsdale, and little Miss Diana Huggins. [Description of bridesmaids' dresses]
      Lady Murison, who was matron of honour, was in a smoke beige two-piece georgette gown with a draped neckline caught with a diamond clip. The sleeves were full and cut with the new draped and gauged effect. A small brown hat was trimmed with a gold ornament and a fine veil. She wore brown shoes. She carried a sheaf of pink carnations.
      The best man was Mr. John Palmer.
      The church was simply decorated with white Honolulu flowers, while on the altar were white Madonna lilies. The hymn "The voice that breathed o'er Eden" was sung. Mr. A. E. Waddle played the organ.
      After the marriage ceremony, Their Highnesses the Sultan and Sultana of Johore and Mrs. J. V. G. Mills, wife of the Hon. Mr. Justice Mills of Johore, entered the vestry with the bridal party. H.H. the Sultan of Johore signed the register.
      As the married couple walked down the aisle after the ceremony the bride's headdress slipped and fell to the floor. The procession halted for a few minutes while the bride replaced the headdress.
      At the reception on the spacious lawn of the Chief Justice's residence Mr. Justice Whitley proposed the health of the married couple in a speech which was both humorous and sincere. On behalf of Lady Murison, the unfortunately absent "Sir Bimsy", and the bride and bridegroom he thanked their highnesses the Sultan and Sultana of Johore for their presence.
      The bridegroom replied suitably, and he was followed by Dr. A. L. Hoops, from Malacca, who proposed the health of the three bridesmaids.
      When the bride and bridegroom left for the honeymoon at Fraser's Hill, she was wearing an extremely smart black satin suit with a white blouse, scalloped at the collar, and having short sleeves. With this she wore a black Chinese hat, white net gloves, white shoes, and carried a white bag which bore her initials in black.
      A great number of presents were on show in the Chief Justice's residence, and also congratulatory telegrams among which was one form Sir William Murison addressed to the bride and saying simply, "Blessings - Dad."
      The large lawn at the acting Chief Justice's residence provided an admirable setting for the reception. Mr. Justice Whitley himself made an admirable host.
      The wedding cake was a handsome one of three tiers, decorated with cupids, orange blossom and white heather. Carnations, white lilies and antigua adorned the tables. [Descriptions of guests' dresses and list of guests].
      [The Straits Times, 16 Feb 1936]

  • Sources 
    1. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 18 Feb 1936.

    2. [S11] Newspaper, Straits Times, 16 Feb 1936.

    3. [S28] Family Bible, Meaburn Tathams.

    4. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Murison family.
      website accessed 21 Apr 2010