Photograph [Wassell-Johnston Wedding, Ferndale]; unknown photographer; 08.04.190...


Photograph [Wassell-Johnston Wedding, Ferndale]

About this object

A black and white photograph showing the wedding party of the Wassell-Johnston family at Ferndale. The only identified people in the group are the groom George Wassell, the bride Jessie Hastie Johnston, and the man standing to the left of the groom, William Wassell who was possibly the best man.

The wedding notice, in the Otago Witness dated 19 May 1909 (issue 2879, page 51), says:
WASSELL-JOHNSTON. On April 8, 1909, at Ferndale, by the Rev. G. McDonald. George, eldest son of Mr David Wassell, Ferndale, to Jessie Hastie, eldest daughter of the late Walter Johnston, and granddaughter of the the late Robert and Jenet Hastie, Erdoch Farm, Mataura.

This photograph is one of a group of six donated to the Society by former member June Mawhinney, a descendant of the Wassell's. June's mother married a Thomas Mawhinney, who came to NZ from Antrim, Ireland. The Mawhinney's farmed at Ferndale.

We would be very interested in identifying the other people in the photograph.

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Ferndale


unknown photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

On a white piece of paper taped to the reverse of the mounting, is written:

in blue felt pen: 'GROOM BRIDE'
in black pen: 'year? (word underlined) / Walter / WASSELL / Left of / GROOM'




h 190mm x w 243mm



photograph, black and white

Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

genealogy/personal and family names

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Medium and Materials

processed material, paper

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

noelene McDougall nee Wassell 16 Aug 2015 03:50 AM,UTC

I am the daughter of Thomas David Wassell and I can identify some of the people in the wedding photo.,if you would like to contact me

This object is from