Charles Matson1

(1922 - 2001)
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     Charles Matson was born on 2 February 1922 in Alberton, South Australia.2

Charles began military service on 22 April 1940 in Port Adelaide, South Australia, when he joined the Royal Australian Navy. His service number was PA1785. When he was discharged, on 22 March, 1946, he was a Leading Telegrapher with HMAS Torrens.3

On 13 November 1943, Charles, aged 21, married Merle Marie McEvoy, aged 20, daughter of Alexander Dennis McEvoy and Myrtle Cicely North, in Church of the Immaculate Conception in Port Adelaide, South Australia.1,4
Extracted from the "Southern Cross", 19 Novmber 1943"

     Church of the Immaculate Conception, Port Adelaide, was the scene of a pretty naval wedding on Saturday, November 13, when Merle Marie, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. McEvoy, of Cheltenham, was married to Charles (R.A.N.V.R.), only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Matson, of Graytown, with Nuptial Mass.
     The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of ivory satin, trimmed with lace at the neck and waistline, and ending in a long train. The inevitable "something borrowed" was the veil, which was lent by the bridegroom's mother. This was worn in a halo effect, with a cluster of orange blossoms. She carried a sheaf of white Christmas lilies and pink carnations, and was attended by ner three sisters and the sister of the bridegroom, dressed alike in full-skirted amethyst taffeta frocks with insertions of lace at yoke, waistline and cuffs. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of mixed flowers in pastel shades.
     The naval atmosphere was evident throughout, as the best man, Rob Kemp, and the groomsman, Noel Bumford, were members of the R.A.N.V.R.
     The Rev. Fr. Molloy, O.Carm., officiated, assisted by V. Rev. Prior Meehan. "Ave Maria" was. sung very beautifully by Miss Mary Worthington-Eyre, accompanied on the organ by Miss Vera Dowd. After the ceremony a reception was held in St. Mary's Hall. The bride's mother, who received the guests, was effectively gowned in black, relieved with touches of pink, and a spray of carnations. The bridegroom's mother wore a charming ensemble of navy and white, with a spray of roses.
     The bride left for the honeymoon in a travelling suit of light grey, with a blue hat swathed in veiling and blue and brown accessories.4
He died on Tuesday, 13 February 2001, aged 79 years and 11 days, in Happy Valley, South Australia,5 and he was cremated at Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, South Australia, on 16 May 2001 There is a memorial at the Charles Newman Terrace Walls W 234 D013.5


  1. [S45] McEvoy Family History, online
  2. [S2] Birth Registrations, S.A. Births 1907-1928.
  3. [S223], online
  4. [S195] "Trove" Digititised Newspapers, online
  5. [S39] Centennial Park, online…

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