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The plaque, presented to the Church congregation by the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE), commemorates the centenary of the wedding of Sir Douglas Mawson to Paquita Delprat which took place at the Holy Trinity Church, Balaclava on Tuesday 31 March 1914. 

An interesting wedding took place on Tuesday, 31st March, at Holy Trinity, Church, Balaclava. The bride was Miss Paquita Delprat, daughter of Mr. and Paquita Delprat, of Linden, Windsor, and the bridegroom, Dr. Douglas Mawson, who lately conducted an expedition to the Antarctic. 

Among the guests were various members of the Antarctic expedition, and the best man was Captain J. K. Davis. A reception was held afterwards at Linden, Williams-road. The ballroom where the bride and bridegroom received was decorated palms and flowers, a background of white flowers surmounted with a model of the Aurora making a novel setting to the bridal party. The tables had novel little ships coveted with snow and frost, filled with pink carnations, and a little penguin was provided for each guest as a souvenir.
Leader (Melbourne, Vic.),  4 April 1914.


Address:175-177 Chapel Street, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Balaclava, 3183
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.870761
Long: 144.989616
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:31-March-1914
Actual Event End Date:31-March-2014


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 31st March, 2014
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Commemorating the 100th anniversary
         of the Marriage of 
Dr Douglas Mawson and Miss Paquita Delprat 
(later Sir Douglas and Lady Mawson ) 
Antarctic Explorer and Scientist 
in this Church of 31 March 1914
Erected by the ANARE Club Inc.
        31 March 2014

Source: MA
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