COUPLES : TEA : HUSBAND & WIFE : BEARDS
Tea anyone? In Australia tea is the evening meal, dinner; it is also a beverage.
|1888 'Advertising', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 21 November, p. 1. , viewed 10 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88557014 (note W.Ebbott is the son of John Ebbott)|
Members of the Independent Order of Rechabites(I.O.R.) signed a pledge not to drink alcohol, so tea (of the liquid variety) becomes an important beverage option at functions.
John Ebbott married Margaret Thomas 12 Nov 1868 in the Forest St Wesleyan Church, Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia.[i]
John was an active member of the Independent Order of Rechabites(I.O.R.). His children all followed in his footsteps and the entire family were staunch members of Methodist church and the temperance movement.
|Edited excerpts from Mount Alexander Mail in 1916 from 'CHEWTON RECHABITE TENT', 13 July, p. 2. , viewed 10 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119635310|
Events hosted by Rechabites were often described as interesting, “code” for alcohol-free. So when John remarries in 1908 we know from the newspapers that the reception was alcohol-free:-
|1908 'ITEMS OF NEWS.', Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917), 28 April, p. 2. , viewed 10 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199807199|
Afternoon tea with scones jam & tea (or coffee) is known as a Devonshire tea in modern day Australia. Delicious!
|Photo by Alysa Tarrant on Unsplash (cropped)|
This post is part of SEPIA SATURDAY 405 : Saturday 10 February 2018
[i] Marriage certificate of John Ebbott and Margaret Thomas married 12 November 1868, Registrary of Births, Deaths & Marriages. 3927/ 1868