Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

NOT long be­fore the Teebar Show, hall co-or­di­na­tor Michelle Kin­bacher had no idea what she was go­ing to dec­o­rate the hall stage with.

She then came up with the idea of wed­ding dresses.

Mrs Kin­bacher said the idea had just snow­balled.

Many hours of work went into the dis­play of the gowns from the district’s brides which re­ceived many de­lighted com­ments from pa­trons at Satur­day’s an­nual show.

For the Rock­e­mer fam­ily Is­abelle’s (nee Eade), who mar­ried David Rock­e­mer in 1942, gown was dis­played with her daugh­ter-in-laws Gay­lene, Felic­ity and Shona.

Gay­lene said the whole dis­play was gor­geous while Felic­ity said the con­di­tion of the older gowns was pris­tine.

Mrs Kin­bacher said what amazed most was the tiny waists of the early brides.

Mavis Beres­ford (nee Sch­midt) who mar­ried hus­band Ed­die in 1956 en­joyed her time rem­i­nisc­ing as she gath­ered her items to­gether.

Not only did Mrs Beres­ford have her wed­ding gown which had been lov­ingly kept in blue pa­per, she also had her hus­band’s suit com­plete with white shirt and red tie and but­ton­hole of or­ange blos­som, in­vi­ta­tions and place cards.

When Beth Mitchell mar­ried Greg Mait­land in 1959, she wore a bal­le­rina length gown but was later short­ened to at­tend dances which were pop­u­lar in the area.

Mrs Mait­land said she had kept her gown hang­ing in the wardrobe.

“It bought back many mem­o­ries,” she said.

Mr Mait­land said mar­riage was not just giv­ing 50%, but 150%.

“If you give all, you get it all back,” he said.


SPE­CIAL TOUCHES: Sis­ters-in-law Felic­ity, Gay­lene and Shona Rock­e­mer sur­rounded by their wed­ding dresses in­clud­ing their mother-in-law Is­abelle's wed­ding dress (sec­ond from right) when she mar­ried in 1942.

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