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Poskitt, Fred and Dorette
a lifetime of memories in 27 Scrapbooks and a small Margarine box
the scrapbooks cover a period from 1955 to 1991

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Mary Dorothy Ethel Ferguson (Poskitt)

Miss Mary Dorothy Ethel Ferguson, Born 15th May 1927, Belfast
Residence, Mulroy, The Green, Dunmurry
Height 5' 6"   Eyes Blue   Hair Brown
Profession Student
Calais 21st September 1948

tucked inside the passport
Member's Name - Dorrette Ferguson
Address - Mulroy, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim
Faculty - Law   Year - 2nd
President: Senator H. Quinn   Chairman: Stratton Mills (?)
Hon. Sec.: B. J. H. McRoberts (?)   Hon. Treasurer: D. M. Castle (?)
The 8th Belfast H.A.A. Regiment R.A. Benevolent Fund

Mr. & Mrs. Poskitt (Fred and Dorette)

on this page, the contents of the Margarine Box

Spelga Photos
Mr. F. F. Poskitt, B.Sc., A.M.I.C.E., Messrs. Ferguson & McIlveen,
Civil Engineers, 15 College Gardens, Belfast (Own Set)

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River in flood passing approximately 400 cusec
2) Excavation of West Wing and Core Wall Trench
3) Layout of Crushing and Concrete Plant
4) General view of the Collecting Channel and Stilling Pool
5) Intersection Block showing the Scour Pipe being placed in position
6) Precast bridge slabs before being lifted into their final position
7) Block 1. with precast slabs to roof of diversion showing

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Profiles of Spillway Blocks
2) View across substantially completed dam from East abutment
3) View of the Stilling Pool
4) General View of Excavation - December 1955
5) Granite Pitching to Collecting Channel being placed in position
6) Concrete just after being placed but still uncompacted
7) Shapes of Aggregate

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Civil Engineering and Contracting, A Financial Times Survey - Constructing a dam in the Mountains of Mourne, Northern Ireland ~ The St. Albans Section of the M.1. has been laid in reinforced Concrete with the sure knowledge that the cost of maintenance will be negligible.
2) I Made It across world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge


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Birth Copy: 4th January 1887 of Robert. Father: Acheson Ferguson, 24 Cromwell Road. Mother: Mary Ferguson formerly Patterson. Fathers Occupation: Manager. Registered 1st February 1887. Registrar: H. R. Torrens. Registered: Belfast No. 6 Union of Belfast, County Antrim. Office: Supt. Registrar's Office, 51 Lisburn Road. Wm. A. Sinclair, Asst. Supt. 2nd December 1941
2) Birth Copy: as No. 1   25.6.1954 Registrar McMonagle
3) Births Copy: Florence 26th May 1889, 9 Andrews Square. Father: James Donning, 9 Andrews Square. Mother: Susan Donning formerly McKitterick. Fathers Occupation: Blacksmith. 12/8/40
4) Licence of Marriage: Robert Ferguson and Florence Dorothy Donning, Belfast. Minister Thomas C. Stuart. 22nd May 1925
5) Marriage Copy: 10th June 1925 Robert Ferguson & Florence D. Donning. Grooms Occupation, Architect. Fathers Names: Acheson, Ferguson, Surveyor - James Donning, Deceased. Crescent Church, Belfast by Samuel Lindsay. Witnesses: Saml. McIlveen & Sarah Maude Ferguson. Office 90 Great Victoria Street, Belfast 12th August 1948.  Thomas A. Cleeland, Belfast
6) Births Copy: 15th May 1927 at 60 Botanic Avenue. Mary Dorothy Ethel. Father: Robert Ferguson, The Green, Dunmurray. Mother Florence Dorothy Ferguson formerly Donning. Fathers Occupation: Civil Engineer. Registered 17th June 1927. Registrar: M. Donaghey, asst. District Belfast No. 6, Union of Belfast in County Antrim. Office: 17 Pakenham Street, 17th June 1927. Asst. Registrar, M. Donaghey
7) Death Copy: Robert Ferguson, Male, Ninth July 1981, Sandown Nursing Home, Sandown Road, Belfast. Usual address: 33 Maryville Park, Belfast. Widowed. DOB 4th January 1887, Belfast. Occupation: Consulting Engineer (retired). COD: Uraemia, Congestive cardiac failure. Informant: Son-in-Law, F. F. Posnett, 7 Bristow Park, Belfast. Date: 10th July 1981. Registrar: J. Russell

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17th August 1973, Postmark Portadown, Craigavon to Robert Ferguson, Esq., O.B.E., B.A., M/s. R. Ferguson & S. McIlveen, Beechill Road, Belfast 8. from Portadown & Banbridge Regional Waterworks Joint Board - on back is written, birth, death and marriage certificates
2) Trinity College of Music London. Instituted 1872 Pupil's Certificate, First-Steps Division - This is to Certify that Willie Henry Pupil of Miss Rita Robinson, L.T.C.L. duly passed in Elementary Pianoforte Playing. Local Examination held at Belfast in Nov.- Dec. 1935
3) Trinity College of Music, London, Instituted 1872 Pupil's Certificate, Preparatory Division - Willie Henry Pupil of Miss Rita Robinson, L.T.C.L. duly passed in Elementary Pianoforte Playing at the Local Examination held at Belfast in May 1937
4) The Queen's University of Belfast, Professor A. E. Long to Mr. F. F. Poskitt, Ferguson & McIlveen, Beechill House, Beechill Road, Belfast 7th September 1981. Dear Fred, Only recently I was browsing through the copies of N.C.E. which arrived when I was on holiday and I was surprised to see that Mr. Ferguson had passed away in July. I know that he will be missed by you and your staff at Ferguson & McIlveen and I deeply regret that, as I was on holiday, I could not attend the funeral. Personally I will always remember our trip up to Velma(?) to visit the old pump and Mr. Ferguson's interest and enthusiasm. Also I will cherish his memories of the department during Professor Fitzgerald's time in the chair which we discussed on a number of occasions. From the departmental viewpoint I suppose that we have lost our last graduate from Queen's College, as opposed to Queen's University. In this context I know that few of our most recent graduates will ever achieve Mr. Ferguson's eminence in the profession. Please pass on my deepest sympathy to your wife and family. Yours sincerely A?? E. Long
5) Last Will of Robert Ferguson of Mulroy 33 The Green, Dunmurry (I won't type it all out, just the names) Wife Florence Dorothy Ferguson. Daughter Mary Dorothy Ethel Poskitt (Dorette). Grandson Michael Robert John Poskitt. Son-in-Law Frederick Forrest Poskitt. 21st July 1961 Robert Ferguson. Solicitor: Alastair G. Taylor, Belfast.  Caroline Denues(?), 28 Windsor Park, Belfast
6) Ards District Fever Hospital, Admit Bearer to Visit Miss Dempster, January 1951

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Last Will Robert Ferguson, 33 Maryville Park, Belfast (I won't type it all out, just the names and obviously his wife has died since the above 1961 Will) Daughter Mary Dorothy Ethel Poskitt (Dorette). Son-in-Law Frederick Forrest Poskitt. Cousin Miss Edna Marguerite Blackburn Scott formerly 36 Bachelors Walk, Lisburn, now 63 Marstone Road, Sutton Coldfield, England. Cousin Mrs. Thelma Alexandra Harper formerly 36 Bachelors Walk, Lisburn, now 63 Marstone Road, Sutton Coldfield. Cousin Miss Kathleen Patricia Scott, 36 Bachelors Walk, Lisburn. Cousin Reverend Colin Elliott, St. Martins Rectory, Windermere, Co. Westmoreland. Former Employee Miss Edna M. Fairley, Magherabeg, Dromore, Co. Down. Sister Miss Sarah Maude Ferguson, 33 Maryville Park, Belfast.
8. I Direct my Trustees that on my decease my remains shall be cremated at Roselawn Crematorium and the ashes subsequently spread over the grave plot No. 39 in the Parish Churchyard at Magheragall near Lisburn, Co. Antrim where the remains of my wife and my sister have been placed. 11th June 1973 Robert Ferguson.  Solicitor W. Alan Logan, Belfast.  Caroline Logan, 29 Harberton Park, Belfast
2) The Institution of Civil Engineers, My Dear Fred, Retirement letter from Alastair C. Patterson, President (1985?)

F./L. F. F. Poskitt, 5025 Squadron - Military Engineering, Volume IV, Part 1. Demolitions 1942 - 21st February 1943
Forest Poskitt with love from Hy.(?) Watkins, October 1945

McKee - Macartney ~ The wedding took place on Saturday in McCracken Memorial Church, Belfast, of Mr. Hugh Sandford McKee, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace McKee, 25 Bristow Park, Belfast, and Miss Judith Anne Macartney, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Macartney, Warrendene, Dunottar Park, Donaghadee. The Rev. Dr. D. Dowling officiated, assisted by the Rev. K. Harvey, Mr. E. Grainger was the organist. Given away by her father, the bride wore an empire gown of white Chantilly lace over tulle. The high waist was emphasised with satin and the back was inset with tulle forming a long bouffant train. Her coronet of orange blossom was held in place by a short veil of tulle and she carried a bouquet of carnations, lily-of-the-valley, freesia, and hyacinth tips. Miss Leslie Macartney (sister of the bride), Miss Suzanne MacPherson and Miss Jennifer McAuley were bridesmaids. They wore empire gowns of flush pink organdy embossed with a white flower design and carried bouquets of white carnations, freesia and pink hyacinth tips. The pages were Master Frank McKee and Master Mark Clokey. Mr. Stanley Hewitt was best man. The reception was held at the home of the bride's parents. The honeymoon is being spent in the south of Spain. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McKee will be residing in New York, U.S. Bridal gown, veil and headdress, bridesmaids' gowns and trousseau supplied by Meneely, Ltd., 15 Donegall Square North, Belfast

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1) My Wedding Book
2) Signatures Please! And, if it's not too much to ask, Would you perform the simple task,
Of filling in the space assigned, For wishes? so it may remind, Us ever of our friends and kin
Who write their names & wishes in our wedding book.
3) Mr. F. F. Poskitt, B.Sc., A.M.I.C.E., A.M.I.W.E., and Miss M. D. E. Ferguson, B.A. - The engagement is announced between Frederick Forrest Poskitt, son of the late Mr. J. H. Poskitt and of Mrs. Grigor, 29 Downview Avenue, Belfast, and stepson of Mr. W. Grigor, M.I.C.E., County Surveyor of County Antrim, and Mary Dorothy Ethel (Dorette), daughter of Mr. R. Ferguson, B.A., B.E., M.I.C.E., and Mrs. Ferguson, Mulroy, The Green, Dunmurry
4) Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson request the pleasure of the company of ........... at the marriage of their daughter Dorette to Mr. Frederick Forrest Poskitt, at Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on Wednesday, 10th June 1953, at 1 o'clock, and afterwards at Woodbourne House Hotel. Mulroy, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim.  R.S.V.P.
5) Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Wednesday, 10th June 1953. Dorette   Fred
6) My Wedding Book
7) Wedding. Celebrated at Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast on the Tenth day of June 1953
8) The Bride: Mary Dorothy Ethel Ferguson   The Bridegroom: Frederick Forrest Poskitt   Bridesmaids: Diane Isobel Hill, A.R.I.A.M.; Anne Moira Stewart, B.A.   Best Man: John Campbell Driscoll, B.A.   Officiating Clergy: Rev. John Albert Donaldson, B.A.   Ushers: Gower Hunter, Peter Robinson, John Taylor, Robin Bell
9) Dorette Ferguson. With Compliments from Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Poskitt, 16 Rosepark East, Dundonald, Co. Down. 10th June 1953

Photographs of Bride and Bridegroom, Bridesmaids, Best Man, and Wedding group

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Belfast News-Letter, Thursday, June 11 (1953) Ulster Weddings
2) Poskitt - Ferguson.  The marriage took place in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast, yesterday, of Mr. Frederick Forrest Poskitt, B.Sc., A.M.I.C.E., of Downview Avenue, Belfast, and Miss Mary Dorothy Ethel (Dorette) Ferguson, B.A., of Mulroy, The Green, Dunmurry. Both bride and bridegroom are graduates of Queen's University, where the bride, after taking her arts degree, went on to study law. Mr Poskitt is the son of the late Mr. J. H. Poskitt and of Mrs. Grigor, and stepson of Mr. William Grigor, O.B.E., M.Inst.C.E., County Surveyor of Antrim, of Downview Avenue; and the bride is the daughter of Mr. Robert Ferguson, B.A., B.E., M.Inst.C.E., and Mrs. Ferguson. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Albert Donaldson, of Dunmurry Presbyterian Church. Fisherwick Church choir sang the anthem "O Love Divine," with Mr. Robert Simpson at the organ. The bride, who was given away by her father, and was attended by two bridesmaids - Miss Diane Hill, A.R.I.A.M., and Miss Moira Stewart, B.B. - wore a gown of French tulle in white. The fitted corsage was finely tucked, and the very full skirt was bespangled with tiny stars of crystal and pearl. A Tudor coronet of French orange blossom springs held in place the long veil of tulle. She carried a bouquet of gladioli, white carnations, lily of the valley, and stephanotis. The bridesmaids wore picture frocks of gold tulle, appliquéd with gold. The bouffant skirts had short trains, and matching boleros were worn. Garland headdresses of petals matched their bouquets of kokomo carnations. The best man was Mr. Campbell Driscoll, B.A., and Mr. Gower Hunter was groomsman. A reception was held at Woodbourne House Hotel, and the bride, leaving for the honeymoon - to be spent on the Italian Riviera and the Channel Islands - wore a two-piece suit of pigeon blue cord worsted, with fitted jacket and pencil skirt, and hat and accessories to tone. Bridal gown, veil and headdress, bridesmaids' gowns and trousseau by Meneely, Ltd., 15 Donegall Square West, Belfast
3) Guests' Autographs and Good Wishes
4) J. A. & Mrs. Donaldson, Diane I. Hill, Love and best wishes for many years of happiness; Edna M. Fairley, Health, Wealth & Happiness; Mary Silcock, With Best Wishes; Elizabeth Fairley, Best Wishes for the future; Cis Thompson, Health & Happiness to you both; Dr. & Mrs. E. L. White, Best wishes to you both; Isobel Kinkead, Good wishes and happiness for the future; Brian Wilson, Good luck & Best wishes in the future; Jaime G. Robinson, Blessings on Your House; Violet Hanna, Best Wishes for your happiness.
5) Peter & Barbara Robinson, Best wishes to you both & hope there will be more than a ? running round your garden; Florence & Fred Robinson, Wishing you all you wish yourselves; J. C. Driscoll, With best wishes to both of you; Pat Cathcart, Every good wish and much happiness; May Morton, Bless this house; Kathleen S. Hunter, Long life & much joy & prosperity; Mabel Cheyne, Health, Wealth & Happiness; Elizabeth M. Wilson, Good luck, Good health & Happiness; Annie C. Fullerton, Wishing you get all your wishes; Harry or Mary C. Hatrick, All the best
6) Noel Stewart, Happy days together; Gordon Lyons, Long life & happiness; J. R. McGladdery, Three cheers for Cupid; John ? Hay, 2nd Dec. 53 Tullamore Road; Charlotte Davey, Wishing you both the happiness that abides; Clara A. Blythe, Wishing you both every happiness; ?????????? With best wishes for your happiness

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Wedding Gifts
2) Mr. & Mrs. Ferguson, "Mulroy" The Green, Dunmurry, Bedroom Suite; Mr. & Mrs. Grigor, 29 Downview Avenue, Belfast, Chesterfield Suite; Mr. & Mrs. C. S. Agnew, "Tara" The Warren, Donaghadee, Condiment Set; Mr. & Mrs. G. D. Agnew, Cosmo. Dock House, H.W.D., Hong Kong, Sinaton Supper Cloth & Naps.; Margaret & Evelyn Agnew, Cosmo. Dock House, H.W.D. Hong Kong, Embroidered Tea Cloth & Naps.; Mr. & Mrs. W. Allan, 32 Downview Avenue, Belfast, Bedside Lamp (by CH.); Mr. & Mrs. R. Allen, Crevillyvalley Farm, Ballymena, O. Bleach Supper Cloth; Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Anderson, "Landsdowne," Lisburn Road, Finaghy, Electric Clock; Mr. & Mrs. R. E. D. Bain, 45 Kensington Road, Belfast, Set of Tea Forks; Mr. J. Baird, 35 Maryville Park, Belfast, 40 Piece Tea Set; Mr. & Mrs. J. Barry, 1 Cleaver Park, Belfast, Minty Bookcase; Mr. & Mrs. H. G. Bass, 17 Belsize Road, Lisburn, Set of Tea Forks; Mr. P. Beggs, 5 Salisbury Gardens, Belfast, Bed Table; Mr. R. R. Bell, Dromore Street, Ballynahinch, Staff Gift (Dinner Set); Dr. & Mrs. R. C. P. Bradley, 3 Herbert Street, Dublin, 21 Piece Tea Set; Mr. & Mrs. M. Brand, Redhill, Finaghy Lane, Finaghy, Crystal Decanter & Vase; Mr. & Mrs. A. Brechin, 25 Quadrant Road, Newlands, Glasgow, S.3., (by CH.); Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Bryson, 17 Norwood Drive, Belmont, Belfast, Staff Gift; Mr. & Mrs. H. J. Blythe, "Carnbree" Greenisland, Set of Linen Lunch Mats; Mr. & Mrs. D. Boyd, The Grange, Mallusk, Belfast, Eiderdown & Bedspread; M. Caldwell, 7 Adam Park, Singapore II, Two Cushions; Mr. & Mrs. H. Campbell, 79 Somerton Road, Belfast, Coffee Cups; Mr. D. J. Campbell, 49 Edenderry Gardens, Banbridge, staff Gift; Miss P. Cathcart, 114 Ballymoney Road, Ballymena, Morning Tray Set.
3) Mr. & Mrs. J. Cheyne & Family, 16 Harberton Avenue, Belfast, Electric Clock; Mr. & Mrs. E. Clarke, 15 Malone Gardens, Dunmurry, Crystal Vase; Mr. & Mrs. J. Clarke, 48 Granville Gardens, Banbridge, Rayon Supper Cloth & Naps.; Mr. & Mrs. S. L. Clark, 25 Broughshane Road, Ballymena, Two Sheets & Pillowcases; Dr. & Mrs. W. Colquhoun, Church Avenue, Dunmurry, Cheese Dish; Mr. & Mrs. W. Coutts, 3 Wellington Park Terrace, Belfast, Bathroom Cabinet; Mrs. C. Davey, 209 Belmont Road, Belfast, Indian Lunch Mats; Mr. M. Dear, Faeriebush House, Marino, Co. Down, Staff Gift; C. I. & Mrs. Dobbin & Family, Westpoint, The Depot, Enniskillen, Two Silver Napkin Rings; Rev. & Mrs. J. A. Donaldson, The Manse, Dunmurry, Pair of Linen Pillowcases; Mr. J. C. Driscoll, Springhill, Ballyhanwood Road, Gilnahirk, Set Electric Saucepans; Mr. & Mrs. R. D. Duncan, "Creran" Massey Avenue, Belfast, Copper Electric Kettle; Miss D. Donning, 3 Baroda Parade, Belfast, Maroon Coffee Set; Mr. T. H. & Misses Dunlop, Chichester Gardens, Belfast, Bedside Table (By CH.); Mr. & Mrs. A. A. Elliott, 44 Mount Charles, Belfast, Staff Gift; Rev. C. & Mrs. Elliott, St. Stephens Lodge, Hightown, Lancs., Crystal Vase; Mr. & Mrs. W. Elliott, 35 Henley Road, Mossley Hill, Liverpool18, Rayon Supper Cloth & Naps.; Prof. & Mrs. K. G. Emeleus, 17 Upper Green Road, Dunmurry, Vacuum Jar; Mr. H. Emeleus, 17 Upper Green Road, Dunmurry, Prestige Egg-Beater; Miss Edna Fairley, Magherabeg, Dromore, Co. Down, Staff Gift; Miss Elizabeth Fairley, Gallows Street, Dromore, Co. Down, Staff Gift; The Misses Ferguson, Braidville, Upper Green Road, Dunmurry, Lounge Carpet; Miss May Ferguson, The Pines, Lisburn Road, Balmoral, Tea Tray; Mr. & Mrs. W. Ferguson & Family, 6 Harberton Avenue, Belfast, Bedside Lamp; Mr. & Mrs. E. S. Finlay, 11 Brookvale Avenue, Belfast, Round Mirror.
4) Mrs. M. Forrest, 490 King Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, Tea Tray; Mr. R. Forrest, 17 Newton Road, London, W.2., E.P.N.S. Casserole; Mrs. & Dr. J. Fullerton, Coolbawn, Lower Dunmurry Lane, Oil Painting; Miss C. Fullerton, 146a Crawford Street, Motherwell, Wringer and Clock (By CH.); Mr. & Mrs. A. Gaskell, 26 Orpen Park, Finaghy, Belfast, Silver Kettle and Teapot; Dr. & Mrs. J. Gibson, - , Tea Cloth and Naps.; Mr. & Mrs. R. H. Gibson, The Glebe, Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, Standard Lamp & Shade; Mrs. J. Gillespie, Malone Park, Belfast, Crystal Vase; Sir Clarence & Lady Graham, Dromore House, Dromore, Co. Down, Electric Fire; Mr. & Mrs. James P. Graham, Shantallow, Dromore, Set of Fish Knives & Forks; Mr. & Mrs. A. Grigor, The Bridge Hotel, Helmsdale, Sutherland, E.P.N.S. Entrée Dish; Provost & Mrs. J. Grigor, Lentran House, Lentran, Inverness-Shire, Silver Salver; Mrs. & Miss Grigor, Kerrowaird, Crown Drive, Inverness, Set of Servers; Mr. & Mrs. J. G. Hanna, Clonlea, Magheraleave Road, Lisburn, Round Coffee Table; Mr. H. C. Hatterick, 10 Ulsterville Drive, Belfast, Staff Gift; Mr. J. F. Hay, 6 Cherryhill, Malone Road, Belfast, Staff Gift; Mr. & Mrs. W. S. Henderson, Hanging Leaves, Carrickfergus, E.P.N.S. Vacuum Jug; Mrs. Hill, Ramore, Churchtown Road, Dublin, Carpet Sweeper (By CH.); Miss D. Hill, Ramore, Churchtown Road, Dublin, Poole Coffee Set; Miss V. Hill & Mr. G. Ackland, Ramore, Churchtown Road, Dublin, Set Pyrex Bowls; Dr. F. Hogg, Elm Villa, Bellaghy, Co. Derry, Teasmade; Dr. L. Hogg, Elm Villa, Bellaghy, Co. Derry, Salad Bowl & Scissors; Mr. G. Hunter, Fintimara, 31 Ward Avenue, Bangor, Hoover Vacuum Cleaner; Mrs. K. S. Hunter, Baroni, The Green, Dunmurry, Mushroom Cushion; Mr. & Mrs. G. Irwin, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, Wall Plaque.
5) Mr. & Mrs. J. Irwin, Diamond Gardens, Finaghy, Blue Sundae Glasses; Mr. & Mrs. D. G. Johnston, 9 William Alexander Park, Dunmurry, Embroidered Tea Cloth & Naps.; Mr. S. Johnston, Greenmount, Lisburn Road, Dunmurry, E.P.N.S. Biscuit Tray; Mr. & Mrs. A. Kinkead & Family, Racedene, Upper Green Road, Dunmurry, Car Rug; Mr. & Mrs. J. Laverty, 474 Antrim Road, Belfast, 40 Piece Tea Set; Mr. & Mrs. M. J. Lowther, 360 Fernagh Garden Village, Whiteabbey, Staff Gift; Mr. G. Lyons, 47 Camden Street, Belfast, Staff Gift; Mr. & Mrs. J. MacBride, 77 Malone Road, Belfast, E.P.N.S. Casserole; Miss N. MacBride & Mr. C. Revill, 77 Malone Road, Belfast, Damask Cloth & Naps.; Mr. & Mrs. D. McCarthy, Stratherin, Carrick, Co. Antrim, Round Nest of Tables; Mr. & Mrs. H. McCauley, Edenvale, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Damask Table Cloth; Dr. & Mrs. S. McComb, Salisbury Avenue, Belfast, Crystal Bowl; Mr. & Mrs. I. H. McCormac, Upper Church Lane, Portadown, Nest of Tables; Col. & Mrs. R. McCreary, 22 Cleaver Park, Belfast, Crystal Jug; Mr. H. McCreath, 30 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, ?1, - (By CH.); Miss M. McCurry, Camberwell Terrace, Limestone Road, Belfast, Embroidered Naps.; Mr. A. MacDonald, Kerrowaird, Crown Drive, Inverness, Set of Tea Forks; Dr. J. MacDonald, 112 Antrim Road, Belfast, Water Colour; Mrs. B. MacDowell, Dumbarton House, Gilford, Co. Down, Nest of Tables; Mr. J. R. McGladdery, 119 Deerpark Road, Belfast, Staff Gift; Mr. & Mrs. G. MacGowan, 4 Ridgeway Park North, Portadown, Damask Cloth & Naps.; Mr. & Mrs. T. H. MacDonald, Parkmount, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, set of Kitchen Knives; Mr. & Mrs. R. McHenry & Family, Moss-side House, Derriaghy, Co. Antrim, Crystal Tumblers & Jug; Mr. & Mrs. S. McIlveen & Family, Killaney Lodge, Boardmills, Lisburn, Corner Cupboard; Mr. & Mrs. H. W. McKee, 25 Bristow Park, Upper Malone, Double Damask Cloth & Naps.
6) Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Magowan, 13 Killicomaine Road, Portadown, Silver Condiment Set; Mr. & Mrs. W. Magowan, 50 Orpen Park, Finaghy, Belfast, Lloyd Loom Chair; Mrs. M. Mairs & Mrs. K. Mayrs, 24 New Row, Coleraine, Co. Derry, Sets of Sundae & Cocktail Glasses; Mrs. D. Meff, Magherymore House, Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow, Dickens Spoons; Mr. & Mrs. J. B. Miller, 3 Thornhill Crescent, Knock, Staff Gift; Mr. & Mrs. J. Malcolmson, Greenways, Magheralave Park, Lisburn, Table Lamp; Mr. & Mrs. H. P. McKenna, 15 Tennyson Avenue, Bangor, Co. Down, Supper Cloth & Naps.; Prof. & Mrs. J. L. Montrose, Glendore, Crawfordsburn, Co. Down, Crystal Jug; Mr. & Mrs. R. K. Moody, Dumbarton House, Gilford, Co. Down, Lloyd Loom Chair; The Misses Morton, The Den, Waterloo Gardens, Belfast, Cream Vase; Mr. S. Orr, 7 Queen's Parade, Bangor, Staff Gift; Mr. & Mrs. G. H. Pollock, 14 Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast, Crystal Sundae Glasses; Miss S. Pollock, 14 Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast, Fruit Set; Miss M. Potterton, Greenmount, Christchurch Road, Cheltenham Glos., Coronation Jug; Dr. & Mrs. D. Rebbeck, 6 Tweskard Park, Belmont Road, Belfast, Electric Iron; Col. & Mrs. T. Riddell, Mill House, Fintry, Stirlingshire, Two Dozen Glasses; Mr. & Mrs. W. Ritchie, Upper Green Road, Dunmurry, Set of Crochet Mats; Mrs. G. Reid & Mr. H. Reid, Dayne, Deramore Park, Malone Road, Venetian Wine Set; Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Reid, Ard-Na-Chru, Antrim Road, Whitewell, O.B. Supper Cloth & Naps.; Capt. & Mrs. A. Robinson, Hillside, Whitehead, Co. Antrim, Tea Trolley; Mr. & Mrs. K. Robinson, Dalveen Estate, P.O. Box, Ntondwe, Nyasaland, B.C. Africa, Bed Side Table; Mr. & Mrs. P. Robinson, 59 Garden Village, Whitehead, Tea Cloth & Naps.; Mrs. J. Robinson & Family, 30 Downview Avenue, Belfast, Ironing Board & "Pinger"; Mr. % Mrs. H. C. Rundle, 346 Belmont Road, Belfast, Rayon Supper Cloth & Naps.; The Misses Scott, 36 Batchelor's Walk, Lisburn, O.B. Supper Cloth & Naps.
7) The Misses Shearman, Bell's Hill, Limavady, Co., Cookery Book; Miss M. Silcock, Church Street, Dromore, Staff Gift; Mr. & Mrs. A. Simpson, Merok, Whitehouse Park, Whitehouse, Kitchen Scale; Mr. & Mrs. W. Spencer, 22 Margretta Park, Portadown, E.P.N.S. Bread Board; Mr. & Mrs. J. Stevenson, Drumard, Galgorm Road, Ballymena, Canteen of Cutlery; Mr. & Mrs. S. Stewart, 25 Stockman's Lane, Belfast, Linen Sheets & Pillowcases; Miss M. Stewart, 25 Stockman's Lane, Belfast, Crystal Vase; Mister N. Stewart, 106 Malone Avenue, Belfast, Staff Gift; Mr. R. Stone, "Bewkes" Lamberhurst, Kent, Hors D'Oeuvre Dish; Mr. & Mrs. E. G. Taylor, Gorvie, Station Road, Jordanstown, Set of Kitchen Knives; Mr. & Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Roseville, Craigavad, Co. Down, Embroidered Cloth & Naps.; Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Taylor, 53 Hawthornden Road, Belfast, O.B. Cloth & Naps.; Mr. J. Taylor, B.A., B.E., 53 Hawthornden Road, Belfast, Folding Card Table; Mr. & Mrs. R. B. Tate, 19 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast, Tea Cloth & Naps.; Miss C. Thompson, Hollow Bridge, Magherabeg, Dromore, Staff Gift; Mr. & Mrs. T. Webb, The Chesters, Waverley Avenue, Lisburn, Pair of Sheets; Dr. & Mrs. E. White, Walden, Church Avenue, Dunmurry, Pop-up Toaster; Mr. & Mrs. J. White, The Haven, Church Road, Dunmurry, E.P.N.S. Sandwich Tray; Mr. & Mrs. J. White, 27 Downview Avenue, Belfast, Crystal Bowl; Mrs. M. Whyte, 160 Alliance Road, Belfast, Fruit Bowl; Mr. & Mrs. D. C. Williams, 2 Rugby Street, Belfast, E.P.N.S. Casserole; Mr. & Mrs. F. Wilson, 24 Upper Green Road, Dunmurry, Tray Table; Mr. B. Wilson, 24 Upper Green Road, Dunmurry, Lemonade Set; Mr. & Mrs. W. Wilson, - , China Fruit Bowl; Miss V. Wilkins, Antrim Road, Belfast, Cushion.
8) Mr. & Mrs. A. Wishart, 75 Cliftonville Road, Belfast, Bath Towels; Rev. & Mrs. J. Withers, 146 Malone Road, Belfast, Bible; Mrs. L. McGrath, 5 Hill Street, Dunmurry, Chrome Companion Set; Mr. & Mrs. H. Fox, Woodleigh Park, Singapore, Music Box Jewel Case; Mr. & Mrs. D. D. Paterson, P.W.D. Takoradi, Gold Coast, Book Rack

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Telegrams & Letters
2) Dalveen Estate, P.O. Box, Ntondwe, 14.5.53 - Dear Fred & Dorette, There's something about a new writing pad which never fails to repel me as all my once best friends have known for a long time. Only the most faithful have born the silence without complaint. Come to think of it, the field has been much narrowed during the last six years, I can only think of you, Fred, at the moment. Even my annual effort has lagged this year, however, faced as I am at this moment with an invitation, recently received, to attend your wedding, I gladly take up my pen, if only to tell you that we can't come. How I wish I might write otherwise. It would be grand to see you again Fred & to meet Dorette, unfortunately these pleasures must wait awhile yet. Provided the profits mount up, at their present rate I can see no possible reason why we cannot help celebrate your silver wedding. This letter is not going to be a long one because it is meant to express a very simple but concise wish. Our wish that June 10th will mark the beginning for you both of a very happy, healthy & fruitful life together with many, many years in which you may both celebrate its anniversary. God bless & all good luck, Yours bye Cath & Ken
3) Henry Laverty & Sons, Ltd., Builders and Contractors, Established 1864. 12 & 14 Cambridge Street, Belfast. 9th June 1953. - Dear Miss Ferguson, Excuse this note. Mrs. Laverty is not too well, so you must excuse us as we will be unable to attend your wedding. It is very disappointing. We wish you both many, many years of happiness together. Yours faithfully, John Laverty
4) From Rev. Colin Elliott, St. Stephen's Lodge, Hightown, Liverpool, Lancashire. Tuesday 9th June 1953. My Dear Dorette, I doubt if you will have a single moment today to read letters! This is just a line to say that we are thinking about you and your husband-to-be and wishing you a very lovely and happy day. Here in Hightown the sun in shining and - even allowing for the usual superiority of English weather over that of Ulster - I am hoping that there will be blue skies over Belfast tomorrow. I am really disappointed at not being able to be at the wedding. It would have been so nice to meet Fred and to see you all again. Please remember me warmly to your parents and Aunts May and Maud. Helen will no doubt convey to you and to Fred our joint good wishes - that your married life will be blessed with all that is good and happy. A lively sense of humour and a kindly desire to serve each other, are, I believe, two of the best ingredients of happy marriage: which I'm sure you have. Also (A can say this to you, I think, without seeming sanctimonious!) your daily prayers. May God bless you both! Yours affectionately, (P.S. I look forward to hearing all about the wedding from Helen)  Colin
5) Post Office Telegram, 11.53 Wicklow 44 10th June 1953 - Mr. & Mrs. Fred Poskitt, Woodbourne House Hotel, Dunmurry, Belfast - Loving Congratulations to both, may your joy be as full as the snow in the Glens & your sorrows as few as the teeth of the hen, from Pansy(?) & the Exile in Wicklow.
6) Post Office Telegram, 9.55 Belfast T9 10th June 1953. Ferguson Mulroy Dunmurry. Blessings on you both. Charlotte Davey
7) Post Office Telegram, 11 Inverness P33 10th June 1953, Dunmurry, Belfast. Mr. & Mrs. Fred Poskitt, Woodbourne House Hotel, Belfast. Thinking of you today wishing we were all with you, very best love to you both. Uncle Jimmy, Kay, Murray, John & Robbie.
8) Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Poskitt, Woodbourne House Hotel, Dunmurry. Our very best wishes for your future happiness. Colin, Katherine, Nuala & Maarten

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Post Office Telegram, CW PA 923 C2856 Singapore 8 10 1141  10th June 1953 Dunmurry, Belfast. Poskitt, Mulroy, Dunmurry, Belfast. Best wishes, future happiness, Fox
2) Post Office Telegram, 8.40 Holyhead Rail, 10th June 1953, Dunmurry, Belfast - Bride & Bridegroom, Woodbourne Hotel, Belfast - Our best wishes today & in the future. Lloyd & Edith Thomas
3) Post Office Telegram, 106 9.20 Drumcliffe 30, 10th June 1953, Belfast. Mr. Frederick Forrest, 29 Downview Avenue, Belfast. To wish you both joy, happiness and the blessings of good health and contentment in a world of peace. Kathleen and Moubray Alexander
4) EU 6060 GTG 6.0 Edgware 17. Greetings, Mr. and Mrs. Poskitt, Woodbourne House Hotel, Belfast - Best Wishes for your future happiness, Uncle Bob
5) GTG TUA 90 Hongkong Sub 30 8 1158. Greeting, Poskitt C/O Grigor 29 Downview Avenue, Belfast. Hongkong more far send plenty good wishes long life, plenty small blessings enrich household can do, congratulations love, Sheila Desmond Margaret Evelyn
6) AB 193 GTG 11/35 Aberdeen W 19. Greetings, Mr. Mrs. Fred Poskitt, 29 Downview Avenue, Belfast. May Love and Happiness Surround you like a Garment. Macky
7) GTG 1.20 Dunmurry BE 19, Greetings Mr. & Mrs. Poskitt, Woodbourne House Hotel, Suffolk - Congratulations & best wishes from Marjorie & Walter Ritchie
8) 11.50 Glasgow T. 22, Greetings Mr. & Mrs. Fred Poskitt, Woodbourne House Hotel, Dunmurry - Good health and happiness to you both, The McCreath Family
9) 9.25 Whitehead BE 22, Greetings Mr. & Mrs. F. F. Poskitt, Woodbourne Hotel, Dunmurry - Wishing you all you wish yourself, love & best wishes, Florence Robinson

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9.20 Oxford B 11, Greetings Mrs. Poskitt, Woodbourne House Hotel, Dunmurry N.I. - Best wishes. Mona
2) GTG 11.41 Inverness T. 20, Greetings Mr. & Mrs. Fred Poskitt, Woodbourne House Hotel, Belfast - Good luck, long life and happiness. Grandma and Auntie Evelyn
3) GTG 9.18 Coleraine 18, Greetings Mr. & Mrs. Poskitt, Woodbourne House Hotel, Dunmurry - Wishing you every happiness for the future, Mairs family
4) Belfast News-Letter. Poskitt - Ferguson, June 10, 1953, at Fisherwick Presbyterian Church by the Rev. J. Albert Donaldson, B.A. - Frederick Forrest Poskitt, B.Sc., A.M.I.C.E., a son of the late Mr. J. H. Poskitt and of Mrs. Grigor, and Stepson of Mr. W. Grigor, O.B.E., M.I.C.E., 29 Downview Avenue, Belfast, to Mary Dorothy Ethel (Dorette), Ferguson, B.A., daughter of Mr. R. Ferguson, B.A., B.E., M.I.C.E., and Mrs. Ferguson, Mulroy, The Green, Dunmurry

Photographs that were in the Margarine Box

Robert Ferguson                                             Michael Poskitt (son)                           

Catling Photography, St. James Road, Sevenoaks, Kent

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