Both Aberdonians, Mr. and Mrs. Colin John McVinish, of Woodstock Road, Too- wong, on Tuesday evening celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding
when they entertained nearly fifty guests at the home in which they have resided for the last 38 years. They now have eight sons and a daughter, besides 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchil- dren, residing in Queensland. The sons are Messrs. Duncan (Chelmer), Colin
MR. AND MRS. C. J. McVINISH, of Toowong, who celebrated the 60th anniversary of their wedding on Tuesday evening. —Sidney Rlley Studios.
MR. AND MRS. C. J. McVLNISH, of Toowong, who celebrated the 60th anniversary of their wedding on Tuesday evening. —Sidney Rlley Studios.
(Capella), George (Emerald), Joseph (Tully), Alexander (Rockhampton), Edwin (Macnade), Kenneth (Brisbane), and William McVinish (Toowong). Miss Jes- sie McVinish resides with her parents at Toowong. Mr. McVinish, sen., was for a number of years an inspector of iron and steel construction in the Queens- land Railway Department, having been appointed when the late Mr. H. C. Stanley was the chief engineer. He retired from that position in 1918, and among the guests at the diamond wedding were Messrs. J. Ramsay (late Inspector of loco- motives, Q.G.R.), and Mr. Alec Cosser (late Inspector of signals and lights. Q.G.R.). Mr. McVinish was born in 1850, and Mrs. McVinish In 1854. Serving his apprenticeship to shipbuilding with the firm of Messrs. Alexander Hall and Co. of Aberdeen, Mr. McVinish, who in 1874 had been married to Miss Helen Gerrle in St. Clement's Church, Aberdeen, left Glasgow on January 10, 1878, In the sailing ship Strathearn with his wife and little son James, and arrived in Rock- hampton on May 3. Shortly after his arrival in Rockhamp- ton Mr. McVinish accepted a position with Messrs. Walkers Ltd., of Mary- borough, and remained with that firm for 17 years, when he went to Bunda- berg. There the bridge connecting North and South Bundaberg was built under his supervision. Returning to Mary- borough in 1893 he supervised the build- ing of the Antigua bridge. While in the service of the Queensland Government Railways Mr. McVinish inspected the construction of the Indooroopilly bridge, the second Burrum bridge, and also the Fitzroy and Burdekin bridges. Other Inspectorial work included the deviation on the main range, Toowoomba, the iron construction of the Central station, Brisbane, and the electric crane on the coal wharf near Woolloongabba. Apart from his work, Mr. McVinish has taken part in the Highland Society of Queens- land, being a foundation member, the Protestant Alliance Association, of which he is an honorary life member, and the Toowong Rowing Club, with which he and his sons have been connected for many years. The Rev. H. S. R. Innes, B.A., of the Toowong Presbyterian Church, presided at the wedding breakfast. The wedding cake had been made by Mrs. Alec Blair and decorated by Mrs. Garven. Mr. Dun- can McVinish proposed the health of his parents. Mr. McVinish, sen., made a suitable response. Miss Elsie Ramsay read the ode she had composed for the occasion, and other speakers included Miss Annie McMillan and Messrs. T. McWalters. J. J. Roberts, J. Ramsay, A. Cossar, William, John, and Colin McVinish.