Injune’s 120 years of wedding dresses
From 1899 to now, the wedding dresses of Injune
FOR more than 100 years, the dress has been in the family. First as an afternoon tea dress 120 years ago.
Since it was first worn in 1899, the dress has been worn twice more and re-styled as a wedding dress for Pauline Peart, the great-granddaughter of the original wearer, when she married Justin MacDonnell.
“It’s original wear was as an afternoon frock, she (my great-grandmother) would have changed into it in the afternoon to meet visitors. We estimate the dress is about 120 years old,” Mrs MacDonnell said.
“It was then my mother’s wedding dress when she got married in 1978, and then I wore it in 2006 when I was married.
“It’s a simple dress, embroidered linen. It’s nothing extravagant, but the needlework is beautiful.”
Mrs MacDonnell, who owns ‘Wallaroo’ with her husband, contributed one of about 70 wedding gowns to Injune’s Bridal Bash at the weekend, a fundraising effort put on by the Cultural Heritage Injune Preservation Society (CHIPS).
The newest dress was worn two weeks ago by Sandy Allen, nee Duncan, who met her husband while governessing at Wallaroo.
“Brendan and I actually married about 800m away from where we first met,” she said.
“To have my dress as part of the Bridal Blast was quite special, it was really interesting to see all the dresses throughout the century.
“I found my dress in Toowoomba and fell in love with it; it’s a fitted, fine lace gown in ivory with a long train. It’s simple and easy.”
President of CHIPS, Veronica Pringle, said she had heard about similar events in Injune over the years, but ran with the idea as a way to drive more fundraising for the society.
“We needed an idea for a fundraiser that was cost-effective for us, and I was trying to come up with things I hoped would hit the mark and this did,” she said.
“We raised about $2500 for CHIPS on Saturday. It was really good to have dresses from around the district, and we modelled the dresses from newest to oldest.”
Ahead of Injune’s centenary next year, CHIPS is looking to raise money to build a museum as part of the town’s historic precinct.
“We have really good community support, we’re also looking to do a book. We have another few ideas for fundraisers over the next few months,” Mrs Pringle said.
“The event on Saturday was a massive effort by a lot of people, it’s all for a good cause. A massive thank you to all of our amazingly brave models, without whom we wouldn’t have had a show.
“Our singers Karen Sellars and Mandy Walker did a great job, as was the piano music. Daphne Coutts from Roma played through afternoon tea, and Lorraine Goodchild gave her first ever public performance during the parade.”
Another CHIPS fundraiser will be held next month.
JUST MARRIED: Sandy Allen (married on September 19 at Wallaroo) was the newest bride in the Bridal Bash. With her are her sister-in-law Kaitlyn and flowergirl and page boy Isla and Struhan MacDonnell from Wallaroo.