Photograph of small plastic-covered trinket basket made by Marjorie Bligh.

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Photograph of small plastic-covered trinket basket made from part of a one litre milk bottle covered in crocheted plastic bags made by Marjorie Bligh. Marjorie has always “abhorred waste”, which is why she finds a use for everything that might otherwise make its way into landfill. Empty washing detergent containers and potato chip canisters were among the waste items that she reinvigorated by covering with crocheted breadwraps and plastic bags.(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
Authors/Creators:Bligh, Marjorie Alfreda Willis
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,container, plastic, shopping, bags, landfill, rubbish, basket,
Collections: Photograph Collection > Marjorie Bligh Collection
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Photographs taken by Gillian Ward from exhibition 'Housewife Superstar', Morris Miller Library, November - December 2011.

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