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Bligh, Marjorie Alfreda Willis (1976) Photographs of blue wedding dress. [Image] (Unpublished)

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Photographs of blue wedding dress.In 1976, Marjorie found herself single – separated from her first husband and widowed by her second. On a CWA bus trip from Devonport to Hobart, she flirted with the bus driver, Eric Bligh, himself recently widowed. Just weeks after their first meeting, the two were betrothed. Marjorie married Eric on September 18, 1976 wearing this frock, which she made herself. In her autobiography, she recollects: “By the 26th [August, 1976] I’d made my wedding dress from blue embossed voile with a centre panel of white, edged in lace. It was a princess line with flared cuffed long sleeves. I made the petticoat the same pattern. The material, including the white satin for the page boy suit and cushion, cost $28.04.” (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]

Item Type: Image
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, pictures, blanket, wedding dress,
Additional Information: Photographs taken by Gillian Ward from exhibition 'Housewife Superstar', Morris Miller Library, November - December 2011.
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 05:49
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:28
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/12707
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