Minnie was the twelfth of thirteen children of Amandus and Mary Ann and would have been 21 years old at the time.

In those days travel was based on horses and ships (the railway via Coffs was much later) and hence marriages were amongst locals in a community where everybody knew everybody else.  It is interesting that after the wedding the couple left for their honeymoon by motor (car) as cars must have been a very new form of transport.

There is a paragraph where Amandus is praised as a member of the British Empire.  Perhaps this is due to him being born in Germany and, it being the year before World War 1, war against Germany was anticipated.

Ada Davis, referred to as a little bridesmaid, was about 11 years old and a niece of Minnie.  Ted (the seventh child) was the groomsman and spoke on behalf of his sister at the presentation.  He seems to have been the family spokesperson on such occasions.

The church (now sold as a house) is beside the hall and only a short walk to the Hoschke house where the wedding breakfast was held.

Coffs Harbour Advocate (NSW : 1907 – 1942; 1946 – 1954), Wednesday 17 September 1913, page 2

Presentation at Upper Orara

All Saints Anglican Church. Coffs Collections, accessed 12/04/2023, https://coffs.recollect.net.au/nodes/view/73227

Last Monday evening upwards of two hundred friends met at the Public Hall, Upper Orara, to entertain Miss H. M. Hoschke on the eve of her marriage to Mr. R. Ide. The Rev. W. Ashley-Brown, Th.L., presided. He had associated with him on the platform Messrs. J. Burling and J. Ferrett, the church wardens of All Saints. After explaining the object of the occasion the vicar called on Mr. Sexton to open the evening with an euphonium solo. This artist was accompanied by Mrs. Sexton on the piano, who acted as accompanist during the rest of the evening. This was followed by the songs “Doreen” by Mr. F. Parker, and ”Thora” by Mr. J. Ferrett.

The vicar then addressed the audience on the subject of the auspicious occasion. He apologised for absence of Mr. D. Small, who was unable to be present. In glowing terms he spoke of the splendid services Miss Hoschke had rendered as organist and Sunday School teacher. He referred to the value of such offices, and complimented the guest on the fact that in a place where she had grown from earliest infancy to womanhood, everyone in the district should come to pay her affectionate and enthusiastic honour on the eve of her marriage.

He then referred to the satisfaction which the evening’s display of affection and respect towards their daughter most afford Mr. and Mrs. Amandus Hoschke. The vicar went on to speak of the way the people looked up to them as pioneers of the Upper Orara, who were worthy of the best esteem of them all. He said that in the length and breadth of the British Empire the King had no more loyal subjects, nor better Empire builders, than the German colonists scattered far and wide over his Majesty’s dominions, and he made hold to state that old Mr. Hoschke was representative of the best in that class.

He also went on to say it was a matter for congratulations among her friends that Miss Hoschke was marrying into a family so generally respected as the Ide family, and voiced the satisfaction of all present that later in the evening Mr. Robert Ide would also be the recipient of a tangible expression of esteem from his friends.

Mr J Burling, as representing the laity of the Church England, said he could endorse the appreciative remarks made by the vicar. If anything the rev. chairman had not said enough of the goodness and worth of the guest. The chairman then called upon Mr. W. N. Small to say a few words. Mr. Small said that he would like to thank Miss Hoschke for the many acts of courtesy she had shown the Presbyterians of the district.

He had known her from earliest childhood and knew that the best that could be said of any girl could be said with truth of the guest of the evening. He also referred in glowing terms to the family into which she was marrying. Mr Ide had won the respect and best wishes of all he had been associated with.

The vicar then presented Miss Hoschke with a silver tea and coffee service, and a massive oak waiter, mounted in solid silver, suitably inscribed, on behalf of the members of the Church of England in the Upper Orara district.

Mr. Edward Hoschke responded in suitable terms on behalf of his sister.

Taking opportunity of the invitation offered him by the vicar, Mr Seccomb presented Mr Ide with a small memento of the esteem in which his Methodist friends held him in the Upper Orara [it was a nickel silver shaving outfit]. Mr Ide had held several important offices in that church and had carried out his work with credit and satisfaction to his friends.

After songs from Messrs. Parker and Ferret, the company then adjourned to the supper room, where a repast was laid out which did great credit to the ladies responsible for the management of the evening.

After supper the hall was cleared for dancing.

Miss Hoschke and Mr Ide will be married in All Saints’ Church on Wednesday.

APA citation – Presentation at Upper Orara (1913, September 17). Coffs Harbour Advocate (NSW : 1907 – 1942; 1946 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved April 8, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article195074573

Coffs Harbour Advocate (NSW : 1907 – 1942; 1946 – 1954), Saturday 20 September 1913, page 2


Robert Burdett & Hilda Minnie Ide (nee Hoschke), married Wednesday September 17th 1913.

A very pretty wedding of considerable local interest was solemnised between Robert Burdett, son of Mrs. J. A. Ide, of Upper Orara, and Hilda Minnie, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Hoschke, on Wednesday afternoon, 17th instant. All Saints’ Church, Upper Orara, was beautifully decorated by the ladies of the district, and the officiating clergyman was the Rev. W. Ashley Brown, Th.L. The little bridesmaids, Misses Ada Davis and Alma Gill, were nieces of the bride and bridegroom respectively. Mr. Victor Ide acted as his brother’s best man, while Mr. Edward Hoschke acted as groomsman.

The bride was beautifully gowned in ivory castiles, trimmed with old lace, the skirt being slightly draped and caught up with an occasional spray of orange blossoms. She wore the orthodox wreath and veil, and a beautiful gold bangle, set with pearls and rubies, the gift of the bridegroom. Her travelling dress was a navy blue whipcord coat and skirt, trimmed with black satin, collar and large black tagel hat, with long white ostrich plume.

Miss Walters presided at the organ during the choral part of the service, and also played the Wedding March.

After the service a big company of relatives sat down to a sumptuous wedding breakfast at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hoschke. The vicar presided, and the usual toasts were honored. After the health of the King had been drunk the chairman proposed that of the happy couple. He made reference to the compliment that bad been paid them by their neighbours on Monday evening, and the fact that they had in the past won the good will and respect of all who knew them, surely, he said, augured well for their future together.

Mr. Ide responded in happy terms on behalf of his wife and himself, and then proposed the health of the bridesmaids. Mr. Ed. Hoschke in a neat little speech responded on their behalf. After the health of the parents of the young couple had been honored, Mr. Hoschke, father of the bride, replied.

The happy couple then left for Grafton by motor, enroute to Southern Queensland, where the honeymoon is to be spent. Mr. and Mrs. Ide intend to settle down at Upper Orara.

APA citation – Family Notices (1913, September 20). Coffs Harbour Advocate (NSW : 1907 – 1942; 1946 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved April 8, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article195074525