Author inspires Country Women
A few brave men were among the over 230 guests who attended the Country Women’s Association High Tea with author Rosalie Ham and film producer Sue Maslin on Sunday afternoon.
Guests were welcomed by CWA president Joy Knight who said the day took the past six weeks to organise.
Jerilderie Shire Deputy Mayor Laurie Henery introduced the official guests, pointing out that both women have early Jerilderie connections.
Rosalie gave an account of her formative years in Jerilderie and beyond, the birth of The Dressmaker, and its final outcome as a film on the big screen.
Rosalie paid tribute to other creative women of Jerilderie, among them Archibald Prize entrant, Roslyn Lockhart.
Sue Maslin outlined her story as the producer of the film, and the long road to signing the stars, finding a suitable piece of Australia in which to shoot the film, and getting the show into production.
The town of Dungatar was eventually built from scratch!
Costumes were made by the same artist who made the clothes for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, so people can look forward to a sartorial feast for the eyes.
Congratulations to the CWA members and their helpers who provided a lovely venue for the event.
Tables were beautifully set with fine china and dainty cakes and slices; tiny sandwiches and hot treats were served to the tables, as were the tea and coffee.
CWA president Joy Knight expressed thanks to the kitchen staff and the girls who served to the tables.
Libby Coughlan and Felicite Aull dressed to the occasion, sporting their luscious furs and 1950s fashion which honoured the era featured in The Dressmaker.
Members of the Finley book club Judy Nicholls, Nola Pinnuck, Margo Robertson, Rae Phillips, Mary Rourke and Anne Harding.
ABOVE: Jerilderie CWA president Joy Knight with The Dressmaker author Rosalie Ham and producer Sue Maslin.
Anna Jewell, Emily Ford, Harriet Atkinson and Susan Robertson.
LEFT: Jan Crittenden and Wil Hamilton.