Au­thor inspires Coun­try Women

Southern Riverina news - - FRONT PAGE - By Judy Ryan

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.

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