Dress, Silver Wedding Anniversary; Unknown maker; 1940; WY.2008.4.2


Dress, Silver Wedding Anniversary

About this object

This is the outfit which Catherine Johnston of Edendale/Coalpit Road wore for her 25th wedding anniversary.

About Catherine:

Catherine Rutherford McIntyre was born in 1887 to Beatrice and John Pearson McIntyre of Maitland. In Febuary 1915, she married John Johnston. The pair had gone to school together, however, they didn't marry until they were both 28.

Catherine and John had three children, Pearson, Albert and Beatrice. The couple originally farmed on the Lodge Ridge which is near Balfour/Lumsden, however, in 1921 they shifted to a farm known as 'Helmsdale' along Coalpit Road between Wyndham and Edendale. Here they brought up their children.

Catherine died relatively young on July 1, 1940 aged only 52-years.

About the dress:

Catherine had this outfit especially made for her 25th wedding anniversary celebration. A dressmaker in Gore created the blue floral lace dress, which was worn with a plain blue rayon petticoat and matching jacket.

Catherine's daughter Beatrice recalls, that with it being war time, the celebration was a very low key event. Even so, Catherine's outfit was beautiful. Poignantly, Catherine died only 6 months after the event.

The special occasion on which it was worn, entwined with the connection to wartime and the untimely death of Catherine, all make this a special piece in our collection.


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Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Gore

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Events and Parades

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