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Bligh, Marjorie Alfreda Willis (1966) Photographs of pale blue beaded lace wedding dress. [Image] (Unpublished)

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Photographs of pale blue beaded lace wedding dress.Marjorie married her second, and best-loved, husband – Adrian Cooper – on August 27, 1966, wearing this gown. In her wedding scrapbook, she describes her outfit: “Material was of exclusive blue ribboned lace, lined with blue taffeta. The frock was short, with scalloped hem, and also scalloped on the edge of short sleeves and square neck. It was finished with a bow on waistline and pearls adorned the bodice. A fascinator to match was worn on the hair. Long white gloves and white lace nylon shoes completed the ensemble.” Today, the frock is missing its scalloped hem, which has been tacked up. Possibly, Marjorie made this alteration when she wore the frock to a dance on the north west coast in late 1966, where she was voted “Ballerina of the Ball”.(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]

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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, wedding dress,
Additional Information: Photographs taken by Gillian Ward from exhibition 'Housewife Superstar', Morris Miller Library, November - December 2011.
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 06:19
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:28
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/12708
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