Ernest Edward Bailey and Agnes Elsie Yeo

Agnes Elsie Yeo emigrated to New Zealand on the SS Ruapehu, which left London on 24 October 1912.

She became a member of the household staff of the Governor of New Zealand, and married fellow employee Ernest Edward Bailey. Their wedding was reported in a Christchurch newspaper [note 1]:

On Wednesday, at St Mark’s Church, Wellington, the wedding took place of Mr E. E. Bailey and Miss A. Yeo, both members of his Excellency the Governor’s household staff. The Vicar, the Rev Mr Askew, performed the ceremony, which was attended by their Excellencies the Earl and Countess of Liverpool, who were accompanied by Gavin Hamilton, private secretary, and Mr Helmore, A.D.C. to the Governor.

Miss Yeo wore a handsome gown of white Georgette, taffeta and Valenciennes lace, with a plain tulle veil and spray of orange blossom. She also wore a bracelet and brooch of greenstone (the bridegroom’s gift), and carried a shower bouquet of white sweet peas and daffodils. Miss Leggatt was the bridesmaid, and wore a dress of silver grey crepe de chine, with large black hat. She was also wearing the bridegroom’s present, to her, a pearl pendant on a fine chain, and carried a bouquet of mauve lupins and anemones tied with mauve streamers.

Mr F. Sands gave the bride away, and Mr Henderson was best man. After the ceremony the guests, numbering about seventy, were entertained at Government House.

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1. The Star, 25 September 1916.