Helen Margaret Hall

Helen Margaret Hall was born on 10 July 1915 in Busselton, Western Australia.1

She married Peter Innes Donegan on 15 September 1936 in St Georges Cathedral in Perth. They had one daughter, in 193x. Peter died in 1939 in an aviation accident.

She remarried on 2 July 1941, to William Murray Wilson, also in St Georges Cathedral.2 They had two sons.

She died on 21 February 2000 in East Fremantle, Western Australia, at the Braemar nursing home.

Mrs. Peter Donegan (nee Margaret Hall), late of Carnarvon and Pilot Officer Murray Wilson were, married in St. George's Cathedral, Perth, on July 3. Pilot-Officer Wilson left for Sydney on July 12.

Helen Margaret Hall was born at Nurse Killerby's Hospital in Busselton, Western Australia3 on 10 July 1915.4 Her parents ( Harold Aubrey Hall and Helen Rose Hall (née Lodge) ) were living there at the time.

She married Peter Innes Donegan on 15 September 1936 in St Georges Cathedral in Perth.5 Aubrey wasn't there, so Margaret's mother's brother Robert John Lodge gave her away.6

The West Australian published the following on 23 September:6

Donegan—Hall

Wedding.

The marriage was solemnised on Tuesday evening, September 15, at St. Mary's Church, Colin-street, West Perth, between Mr. Peter Donegan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Donegan, of Subiaco, and Miss Margaret Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Hall, of Carnarvon. The Rev. F. Stillwell performed the ceremony. The date chosen for the wedding also marked the celebration of the golden wedding of the bride's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Lodge, of Broome-street, Cottesloe.

In the absence of her father the bride was given away by her uncle, Mr. Jack Lodge, and wore a charming trained frock of white lace, cut on gracefully simple lines. Her filmy tulle veil (which had been worn by her mother on her wedding day) was held in place with a halo of silver lame and orange blossom, and she carried a beautiful bouquet of white plum blossom and clematis.

There were three bridesmaids, Misses Patricia and Judith Donegan, and Joan Hall Miss Patricia Donegan wore a graceful cape frock of pale coral pink georgette and carried a posey of pink and mauve flowers. Misses Judith Donegan and Joan Hall wore frocks of mauve georgette relieved with deep violet, and carried posies of violets. Mr. Tom Draper was best man and Messrs. G. McCausland and F. Martin were groomsmen.

After the ceremony a small reception was held at 8 Outram-street, West Perth, the home of Mrs. Ernest Hall, who wore a deep blue lace frock. Mrs. A. Hall (mother of the bride) chose a frock of navy blue floral georgette and carried a bouquet of crimson sweet peas. Mrs. Ernest Donegan (mother of the bride groom) wore a saxe blue frock with a matching coat of blue velvet. Special guests at the reception were Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Lodge (the grandparents of the bride) whose toasts were honoured with those of the bride and bridegroom. Later in the evening the bride and bridegroom left by motor car for their honeymoon, the bride travelling in a smart ensemble in two shades of blue.

They had one daughter, in 1938.7 Peter died in 1939 in an aviation accident.

She remarried on 2 July 19418 to William Murray Wilson (also in St George's Cathedral8), with whom she had two sons.

Lived at 8 Outram Street in West Perth for nine years (including WW2) with Judy.9 She rented the house from her father's cousin Ernest Hall.

She died on 21 February 2000 in East Fremantle, Western Australia, at the Braemar nursing home, and her ashes were interred in Murray's grave at Karrakatta.


  1. Family Notices (1941, July 5). The West Australian, p1 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47151167

    WILSON–DONEGAN.—On July 2. 1941 (by special licence), at St. George's Cathedral Perth, by the Rev. Dean Moore, Wiliam Murray (R.A.A.F.), second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wilson, of Shenton Park, to Helen Margaret, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hall, of West Perth and Carnarvon."

     
  2. "Social and Personal" Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA : 1905 - 1952) 18 July 1941: 2. Web. 28 Jul 2021 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74945340 

  3. Family Notices (1915, July 16). Western Mail (Perth, WA: 1885 - 1954), p. 23. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37428852 "HALL.—On July 10, at Nurse Killerby's Hospital, Busselton, to Mr. and Mrs. H. Aubrey Hall, of Cossack—a daughter." 

  4. Western Australian registry of Births, 1915. Registration number 39 in the district of Sussex. 

  5. Western Australian registry of Marriages, 1936. Registration number 1472 in the district of Perth. 

  6. Donegan---Hall Wedding. (1936, September 23). The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879--1954), p. 4. Retrieved May 8, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40961560  

  7. Family Notices (1938, March 15). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931--1954), p. 14. Retrieved October 31, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74218032 "DONEGAN.—To Mr. and Mrs. Peter Donegan, Prospect—a daughter, at Berklea Hospital, Prospect." 

  8. Family Notices (1941, July 5). The West Australian (Perth, WA), p. 1. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47151167 ``WILSON--DONEGAN.---On July 2. 1941 (by special licence), at St. George's Cathedral Perth, by the Rev. Dean Moore, William Murray (R.A.A.F.), second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wilson, of Shenton Park, to Helen Margaret, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hall, of West Perth and Carnarvon.  

  9. Photo of 8 Outram Street with inscription by Margaret Wilson. https://hmwilson.archives.org.au/items/99.html 

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Item 82 – Helen Hall with her daughters Constance and Margaret, (folder1-68)
Item 122 – Helen Hall with her two daughters, (folder1-109)
Item 127 – Helen Hall with (probably) Margaret and Constance, (folder1-113)
Item 54 – Helen Hall with Constance and Margaret, c.1915, (folder1-14)
Item 81 – Constance Hall with her sister Margaret, (folder1-67)
Item 79 – Joan and Margaret with a dog at Mt Satirist, (folder1-66)
Item 157 – Margaret and Joan at Cossack with cats, (folder1-145)
Item 93 – Constance, Joan, and Margaret at Sherlock Station, (folder1-79)
Item 156 – Children at Sherlock Station (copy), (folder1-144)
Item 161 – Children at Sherlock Station (original), (folder1-149)
Item 174 – Margaret Hall canoeing in Carnarvon, (folder2)
Item 40 – Margaret and Joan at Mt Satirist, (folder1-7)
Item 106 – Constance, Joan, and Margaret on a nor-west passenger ship, (folder1-93)
Item 77 – Carnarvon Presentation Convent School, 1927–28, (folder1-63)
Item 18 – Margaret standing near window (tiny print), (folder1-41)
Item 34 – Constance, Margaret, and Joan with dogs in Carnarvon, (folder1-15)
Item 8 – Ruth Hammond and Margaret Hall in Carnarvon with a horse, (folder1-59)
Item 17 – Margaret and Connie or Joan possibly with their mother, (folder1-42)
Item 25 – Margaret in the bush, (folder1-56)
Item 16 – The "boy" looking coy, (folder1-50)
Item 12 – Margaret Hall, September 1932, (folder1-49)
Item 109 – Margaret, Christmas 1932, (folder1-96)
Item 21 – Margaret at Prospect Street in Adelaide, (folder1-52)
Item 107 – Margaret and Peter Donegan, (folder1-94)
Item 104 – Margaret Hall with her canoe, (folder1-91)
Item 167 – Letter from Aubrey Hall to Margaret Hall, (folder1-157)
Item 105 – Bride and bridesmaids at Margaret and Peter's wedding, (folder1-92)
Item 168 – Letter from Aubrey Hall to Margaret in Prospect, (folder1-158)
Item 14 – Margaret Donegan in 1939 or 1940, (folder1-48)
Item 20 – Murray and Margaret Wilson at a ball with friends, (folder1-51)
Item 75 – Margaret at Edith Wilson's house, (folder1-54)
Item 154 – Murray and Margaret Wilson, (folder1-142)
Item 100 – Margaret Wilson sailing at Safety Bay, (folder1-86)
Item 108 – Hazel Harrison and Margaret Wilson on a jetty, (folder1-95)
Item 110 – Margaret Wilson, c.1942, (folder1-97)
Item 13 – Margaret Wilson, hat and weatherboards, (folder1-47)
Item 226 – Letter, Aubrey Hall to Margaret Hall, 1947-07-31, (slwa-b1907787)
Item 101 – Constance, Joan, and Margaret at Joan's wedding, (folder1-87)
Item 66 – Constance, Joan, and Margaret at Joan's wedding, 1960, (folder1-30)
Item 90 – East Perth Cemeteries, pioneers service, 1969, (folder1-74)
Item 80 – Envelope containing three photos, (folder1-65)
Item 22 – Daughters of Pioneers, (unknown)
Item 26 – Rae Hussey, Margaret Wilson, Adele's husband Jim, and Joan, (folder1-38)
Item 23 – Marg, Con, and Joan c.1990, (folder1-89)
Item 24 – Margaret, Constance, and Joan c.1990, (folder1-61)