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Photograph of Marjorie with her prize-winning table cover, hat and vest crocheted out of used panty-hose, Devonport, Tasmania.

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Bligh, Marjorie Alfreda Willis Photograph of Marjorie with her prize-winning table cover, hat and vest crocheted out of used panty-hose, Devonport, Tasmania. [Image] (Unpublished)

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Photograph of Marjorie with her prize-winning table cover and wearing her hat and vest crocheted out of used stockings and panty-hose, Devonport, Tasmania. The tablecloth was made from 314 stockings, cut spirally and crocheted into delicate granny squares. It won Marjorie an award in the thrift section of th State CWA Handcraft Exhibition in 1986. It comprises 280 squares plus half squares on the edges. - from the Marjorie Bligh family photograph collection. “Marjorie Bligh is Tasmania’s queen of the household scene. Often referred to as “Australia’s Mrs Beeton” or “Tasmania’s Mrs Beeton”, she was born Marjorie Pearsall, in 1917, in the Tasmanian midlands township of Ross. In her self-styled career as a housewife superstar, she married three times and produced six books on cooking, home economics, craft, history and gardening. She published her signature household manual under all three of her married names: Marjorie Blackwell, Marjorie Cooper and Marjorie Bligh. A pioneer recycler, Marjorie has for several decades been renowned for her spirited campaign against useful resources being poured into landfill. Famous for never wasting a thing, she has converted thousands of used pantyhose and plastic shopping bags into reusable items. It has long been rumoured that Marjorie was an inspiration for Barry Humphries’ Dame Edna Everage. Marjorie lives in Devonport in a house that incorporates a small museum where she displays her handcrafts, scrapbooks and other treasures. She is 94 years old.” [Danielle Wood 2011]

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Keywords: marjorie, bligh, pearsall, tasmania, housewife, superstar, Devonport, Campbell Town, Ross, domestic, cook, crafts, handicrafts, home, hints, handy, home-made, recycled, re-used, knitting, crochet, sewing, gardening, helpful, help, tablecloth, stockings, pantyhose, hat, vest
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 22:49
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:25
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/12365
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