ELEGANT: Life member of Clarence River Historical Society Suzanne Gibson checks out some of the wedding dresses at Schaeffer House’s new display A Century of Weddings.
ELEGANT: Life member of Clarence River Historical Society Suzanne Gibson checks out some of the wedding dresses at Schaeffer House’s new display A Century of Weddings. Adam Hourigan

Taking a bridal waltz through Clarence history

THE Schaeffer House Museum will take you on a trip down memory's aisle as volunteers put the finishing touches to their latest display, 'A Century of Weddings'.

To coincide with the 81st Jacaranda Festival celebrations, a lovely range of wedding gowns have been pulled out of the collection, and borrowed from private collectors who have kindly loaned their gowns for the occasion.

One of the oldest gowns in the display is so fragile it will be showcased in a glass case. It was worn in 1909 by Winifred Penrose when she married Robert Craigie Law, a solicitor and foundation secretary of the Clarence River Historical Society. Some of the gowns are in very delicate condition and must be handled and stored with great care.

The skills of the dressmakers, some of them mothers of the bride, are to be admired; and the variety of fabrics used may bring back memories for many visitors.

The museum will also present a 'Fashions of the Forties' display which will remind us how different things were during and after the Second World War.

Schaeffer House Museum is located at 190 Fitzroy St and is open from 1pm to 4pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday throughout the year.



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