Horseshoe, Geary Wright Wedding; Unknown maker; 1949; WY.2016.6.1


Horseshoe, Geary Wright Wedding

About this object

This horseshoe was carried by Betty Geary (nee Wright) when she married Jack Geary on April 22, 1949.

Originally, the horseshoe was quite plain, however, for their 50th wedding anniversary in 1999, flowers and the 'Happy Anniversary' ribbon were added.

About Betty and Jack:

Originally from Mosgiel, Jack arrived in Wyndham in Easter 1948 to visit a Prisoner of War buddy. After getting a building job, Jack ended up staying in Wyndham. Betty's father was a blacksmith and one afternoon, Jack and his friends went to pick up a plough piece from the blacksmith shop. They invited Mr Wright to watch their rugby match, which took place later that day, and after the game, Mr Wright invited Jack and his mates home for tea. Jack helped Betty with the dishes and invited her to go with them to a dance at Mokoreta. Jack loved dancing but Betty wasn't much good. Jack taught Betty to dance but said 'she was like a sack of chaff to take around the floor'.

Despite Betty's father tagging along to the dance, the romance blossomed and the pair were married on April 22, 1949.


Unknown maker

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Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card
inorganic, processed material, metal, aluminum, foil?

Inscription and Marks

Printed on ribbon: 'Happy Anniversary'.


h 345 mm x w 265 mm x d 30 mm

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Clothing and Accessories

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People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

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Events and Parades

Object Type

ceremonial objects

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