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Diana Elizabeth Lily Murison

Female 1913 - 1978  (65 years)



  • Name Diana Elizabeth Lily Murison  [1, 2
    • Diana C E Murison per birth reg Kensington 3Q1913.
    Birth 18 Jul 1913  42 Holland Park, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3
    • On the 18th inst., at 42, Holland Park, the residence of her father, wife of J. W. Murison, Assistant Judge of H.B.M. Court, Zanzibar, of a daughter. [The Times]
    Marriage 15 Feb 1936  St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 5, 6
    George Edmund Tatham,   b. 28 Jun 1905, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1958, Nightingale Nursing Home Twickenham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Mar 1946  2 Wetherby Gardens, Earls Court Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Death 02 Nov 1978  Perpignan, France Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    • Burgoyne-Johnson. On Nov 2nd at Perpignan, Diana, dearly loved wife of Charles, beloved mother of Mary Lou and grandmother to Misha [The Times, death notices]
    Notes 
    • Subject of portrait head in bronze Diana, by Dora Gordine, c.1930-32
    • Passengers on SS "Johan van Oldenbarnefelt" arr Southampton 12 Dec 1938, emb Belewan, perm res Malaya, UK address 24 Malvern Court, London SW7: Mrs Diana E L Tatham, 25: Miss Camilla S R Tatham, 2.
    • Remarried in 1946: Forthcoming marriages: Captain J C Burgoyne-Johnson and Mrs D E L Tatham. The engagement is announced ... between Captain John Charles Burgoyne-Johnson RA, youngest son of late Lt-Col J Burgoyne-Johnson, of Greencroft Park, Lanchester, and Mrs Burgoyne-Johnson, of Dulford House, Cullompton, and Diana Elizabeth Lily, only daughter of the late Sir William Murison, formerly of Nassim Hill, Singapore. (present address of of Mrs Tatham: 2 Wetherby Gardens, SW5) [The Times 19 Mar 1946]
    Person ID I2830  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2012 

    Father James William Murison,   b. 23 Mar 1872, Aberdeen Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1945, 389 Portland Rd, West Hove Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Mabel Adeline Paterson,   b. abt Nov 1876, Camberwell Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1938, Le Zoute, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Marriage abt Aug 1904  Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Notes 
    • 1 son, 1 dau [10]
    • Anthony B L Murison, birth reg Zanzibar 1906-1910 [GRO Consular Birth Indices]
    Family ID F0743  Family Group Sheet

    Family George Edmund Tatham,   b. 28 Jun 1905, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1958, Nightingale Nursing Home Twickenham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Engagement 27 Sep 1935    [11
    Marriage 15 Feb 1936  St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 5, 6
    • 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]
    Divorced 14 Jan 1946    [12
    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]
    Children 
     1. Camilla Susan Rosa Tatham,   b. 14 Nov 1936, Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 2009, 23 The Avenue, St Margarets, Twickenham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Charles Anthony Murison Tatham,   b. 29 Mar 1939, Haddenham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 2012, 23 The Avenue, St Margarets, Twickenham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F0742  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 18 Jul 1913 - 42 Holland Park, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 15 Feb 1936 - St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1946 - 2 Wetherby Gardens, Earls Court Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S05] The Times, 27 Sep 1935.

    2. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Kensington, 3Q1913.

    3. [S05] The Times, birth notice, 22 Jul 1913.

    4. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 18 Feb 1936.

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

    6. [S28] Family Bible, Meaburn Tathams.

    7. [S05] The Times, 19 Mar 1946.

    8. [S05] The Times, 04 Nov 1978.

    9. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Kensington, 3Q1904.

    10. [S05] The Times, death notice, 01 Sep 1945.
      James Murison

    11. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 27 Sep 1935.

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