The wedding formalities take place first in a registry office on Ocean Island (now Banaba, part of the Republic of Kiribati). Elmer’s father, Victor Anton Johansen, is recorded on the certificate as a “manufacturer”.

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This is followed by a ceremony at the Sacred Heart Mission. Numerous telegrams from well-wishers are received at the Gilbert and Ellis Islands Colony post office.

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Madge and Elmer, dated October 1977.

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Madge and Elmer.

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Madge and Elmer.

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A drawing of Elmer by Pixie O’Harris.

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