Photograph of tulip apron made from sugar bags sewn by Marjorie Bligh.
Bligh, Marjorie Alfreda Willis Photograph of tulip apron made from sugar bags sewn by Marjorie Bligh. [Image] (Unpublished)
Photograph of tulip apron made from sugar bags sewn by Marjorie Bligh. In the 1940s and 1950s, Marjorie made a number of items from sugar bags, sometimes dying the fabric in vibrant shades, sometimes dressing up the coarse fabric with cheerful embroidered embellishments.(Danielle Wood). “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]
|Additional Information:||Photographs taken by Gillian Ward from exhibition 'Housewife Superstar', Morris Miller Library, November - December 2011.|
|Keywords:||marjorie, bligh, tasmania, housewife, superstar, Devonport, Campbell Town, Ross, domestic, cook, crafts, handicrafts, home, hints, handy, home-made, recycled, re-used, knitting, crochet, sewing, gardening, helpful,sugar bags, apron, tulips|
|Deposited By:||eprints utas|
|Deposited On:||21 Feb 2012 16:37|
|Last Modified:||21 Feb 2012 16:43|
|ePrint Statistics:||View statistics for this ePrint|
Repository Staff Only: item control page