Daniel Kenny Roberts

(1910 - 1979)
FatherValentine Albert Roberts1 b. 17 Feb 1884, d. 7 Aug 1955
MotherTeresa Mary Imelda Kenny2 b. 7 Sep 1882, d. 22 Oct 1971
ChartsJoseph Cummings Descendants Chart
Roberts, Daniel

Life Events

     Daniel Kenny Roberts was born on 10 January 1910 in Streaky Bay, South Australia, son of Valentine Albert Roberts and Teresa Mary Imelda Kenny.1

On 18 May 1935, Daniel, aged 25, married Avis Rose Cummings, aged 21, daughter of Leo Cummings and Eliza Rouse, in Sheringa, South Australia. The witnesses were Daniel Thomas Fitzgerald, labourer of Maryvale Station via Talia, and the bride's sister Leona Oakley Cummings, home duties, of Sheringa.3

     On Saturday, May 18 at the Sheringa Hall Daniel Kenny Roberts, eldest surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Roberts of Warrachie and Avis Rose Cuummings, younger daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. Leo Cummings of Sherlnga. were married by the Rev. Father Kelly, jun, of Port Lincoln. The wedding was followed by nuptial mass. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. Lindsay Cummings, entered the hall to the strains of the Wedding March played by Miss Mary Roberts, sister of the bridegroom.
     The bride was dressed in white matallasse satin, the yoke being composed of hand made lace, which was also featured on the sleeves. The vandyked skirt merged into a train. She wore a tulle and silver veil, lent by Mrs. E. Murphy, and carried a bouquet of cream and pink roses and fern. Her train was carried by little Avis Cummings, niece of the bride, who was sweetly frocked in an early Victorian frock of silk marocain. Master Denis Murphy, dressed in a suit of white satin, preceded the bride down the aisle carrying a white cushion.
     The bride's sister Leona as the chief bridesmaid, and Misses Francis and Betty Roberts, sisters of the bridegroom, were also bridesmaids. The three were dressed alike in blue dull finish French petal lace. The sleeves were pleated to the elbow with girdles of plaited pink georgette. Pink and blue petals trimmed the neckline and the flowing skirts merged into trains. Smart blue hats, trimmed with pink rosebuds, blue gloves with large lace gaunt lets, and blue velvet and silver shoes were worn. Each carried bouquets of pink roses, and wore the bridegroom's gifts, pink crystal necklaces.
     The bridegroom's cousin, Mr. Dan Fitzgerald, was best man, and his brothers, Messrs. Valentine and Clem Roberts were groomsmen.
     As the bridal party left the hall a silver horseshoe was hung on the bride's arm by Master Douglas Cummings (bride's nephew).
     Mrs. Leo Cummings received a large number of relatives and guests from all parts of the West Coast at a reception, which was followed by a wedding breakfast, when the bride cut a wedding cake, the gift of her mother. The toast of the bride and bridegroom was proposed by the Rev. Father Kelly, and responded to by the bridegroom.
     Mr. Frank Cook proposed the health of the bridesmaids, which was responded to by Mr. Dan Fitzgerald, and that of the parents by Mr. F. J. O'Callaghan was responded to by Mr. V. A. Roberts.
     Dancing was conducted in the evening, interspersed with songs by Misses Mary and Kathleen Kenny, of Maryvale station. Miss Phoebe Robinson (Adelaide), and a recitation by Miss Betty Roberts (Ceduna). About 40 congratulatory telegrams were read during the evening.
     Mr. and Mrs. Roberts left for their honeymoon, which will be spent on the M.V. Moonta and in Adelaide. Their future home will be at Warrachie.
     The bride travelled in a tweed costume, with accessories to match, including a Morocco handbag, the gift of the bridegroom, and a fur coat, the gift of her mother.
     The bride's gift to the bridegroom was a dressing set.
     Mrs. Leo Cummings. the bride's mother, wore a frock of navy flat crepe, with fawn trlmmings and carried a bouquet of red roses. Mrs. Valentine Roberts (bridegroom's mother) was gowned in black silk velvet, trimmed with silver lame and diamente buckle. She carried a posy of autumn tints.
     After 70 years this was the first wedding to be celebrated in the Sheringa hall, which was decorated for occasion by friends of the bride.4
He died on Monday, 2 April 1979, aged 69 years, 2 months and 23 days, in Adelaide, South Australia.5

Daniel was buried on 6 April 1979 in the Enfield Memorial Park, Browning Street, Clearview, South Australia, in the Catholic Section, Row BF, Site 18. He had been living in Ferryden Park before his death.5


  1. [S2] Birth Registrations, S.A. Births 1907-1928.
  2. [S1] Birth Registrations, SA Births 1842-1906.
  3. [S49] Marriage Certificate sighted and verified, spouses as recorded above, marriage date verified as recorded.
  4. [S195] "Trove" Digititised Newspapers, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/
  5. [S44] Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, online http://www.aca.sa.gov.au/RecordsSearch.aspx

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