Margaret Isobel Ewart (1924-1987)

Margaret was the eldest child of Harry and Adie Ewart, her only sibling a brother called Harry Junior (nicknamed Boy) was born in 1926, was two years her junior.

Her childhood was spent moving with her family from place to place as her father sought work. I remember her telling me of how she left school in Grade 4 after attending quite a lot of different schools. She never had a chance to settle anywhere as the family moved about every 3 months. Despite her lack of formal schooling, Margaret taught herself a great deal and I remember her confidently taking voluntary positions on committees as secretary, president and treasurer when we were in school.

Margaret with her pony Peter The family moved from the south of the state to Prossers Forest (north-east of Launceston) and it was here that Margaret met the large, happy and musical family of Blyths who lived at Patersonia and Myrtle Bank. She used to ride her horse, Peter through the bush to go to dances and parties with Phyll and Dot Blyth. I suppose it was here that she first met my father Vin Blyth, I don't know how old she was then but they married when she was 23. She joined the WRAAF for a short time and then in 1947 married Vin at a ceremony at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Launceston.

Marriage to Vin Blyth

The following newspaper article appeared in the
Launceston Examiner newspaper in February 1947.

Sequins Trim Gown
Silver sequins trimmed the waistline of the satin lined catelli gown Vin & Margaret Blyth (nee Ewart)worn by Margaret Isabel Ewart, daughter of Mr & Mrs H Ewart, Prosser's Forest, when she was married on Saturday to Vincent Alfred Blyth. Rev A. Thomas performed the ceremony at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church and Mr Ewart gave his daughter away.

The bride wore a long lace veil which has been in her family for more than 100 years. Family wedding veil Her bouquet was of water lilies and white gladioli. Miss Shirley Johnson was bridesmaid. Her frock of white marquisette had an off-the-shoulder neckline and her hooped skirt was trimmed with red satin ribbon. In her hair she wore a white halo of flowers and she carried a bouquet of red gladioli and dahlias. The bride's brother Mr H. Ewart was best man and Mrs C.P. Andrewartha sang "I'll Walk Beside You".

When receiving guests at the reception at The Lounge, the bride's mother wore a black lace and silk frock and her velour toque was studded with gold. The groom's mother was a smart figure in a black and white silk dress. Her black hat was trimmed with white veiling. When leaving for the honeymoon on the North-West Coast, the bride changed into a pink linen suit trimmed with black. Her black velvet hat was trimmed with contrasting flowers and black veiling, and her accessories were black. Mr & Mrs VA Blyth will live at Echuca, Vic.

History of the wedding veil

The Belgian lace wedding veil that Margaret wore belonged to her great grandmother Elizabeth Barlow (nee Cooley). It had been worn by many members of the family before Margaret wore it in Feb 1947. I was the last person to wear it, that was in 1977. Click on the names to see wedding photos that I have.

29th July 1862 Elizabeth Barlow (nee Cooley)
27th October 1923 Adie Ewart (nee Cooper)
c1928 Marion Barlow-Barker (nee Barlow)
4th July 1934 Elsie Read (nee Barlow)
March 1938 Mary Low (nee Fuller)
1938 Mary Wells (nee Andrewartha)
26 Jan 1939 Ivy Lucy Andrewartha (nee Costar)
August 1939 Margaret Morse (nee Fuller)
c1940 Ila Hope (nee Barlow)
15th February 1947 Margaret Blyth (nee Ewart)
25th March 1961 Gillian Tansley (nee Wells)
1967 Marcia (nee Wells)
17th December 1977 Kerrie Blyth

Non-Conflict Service

Margaret Isabel Ewart
Service:    Womens Royal Australian Air Force
Service number:    184014
Date of birth:     8th Dec 1924
Place of birth:     Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date:    9
Locality of enlistment:     Hobart
Home Port:     unknown
Next of kin:     H Ewart
Date of Discharge:    
Rank:    Aircraftwoman
Posting at Discharge:    
WW2 Honours and Gallantry:     None for display
Prisoner of War:    

See photo in Military Gallery

Royal Australian AirForce

Peter Harold Blyth was born in Echuca, Victoria to Vince & Margaret Blyth.

Service:    Royal Australian Air Force
See photo in Military Gallery

Royal Australian Navy

John Richard Blyth was born in Devonport, Tasmania to Vince & Margaret Blyth.

Service:    Royal Australian Navy
See photo in Military Gallery

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