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A Colonial Wedding 1788-1880

Source: Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Archived 18 May 2019 - Posted: 20 Mar 2019
Join the Friends of Penrith Regional Gallery for A Colonial Wedding 1788-1880 – a Cavalcade of History and Fashion themed talk and display of Colonial Australian wedding dresses.

Better than a fashion parade, these presentations are a rare opportunity to see examples of original gowns and accessories of historical significance and hear stories and anecdotes of the amazing women and men who wore these clothes. 

An insight into the early colonial times in Australia – hear of the hardships and life during the growth of the new colony. Marvel at the resilience of these early pioneers as they were busy establishing towns, cities, infrastructure and industry.

Take a glimpse at the fashionable interests of the busy wives of local dignitaries and the free settlers, including professional men and merchants and their wives who became recognised as being at the apex of society in the antipodes.  The English and European class system was well in play and clothing reflected the ever apparent symbol of personality and recognition amongst men and women revealing the distinction between classes, subculture, occupational, moral and regional structure of society.

Tickets are limited and sell quickly.  Please book and pay for your tickets and to reserve your seats in advance. Tickets are $25 each and can be paid for with cash or card by 30 March.

Hosted by the Friends of the Gallery all proceeds raised will go toward conservation work and support for Penrith Regional Gallery.  There will also be a raffle and a delicious afternoon tea will be served so be sure to book early.

Continuing the wedding theme, don’t forget to pop into the Gallery’s autumn exhibition Marriage: Love + Law a NSW State Archives exhibition exploring beliefs, social attitudes and laws that have shaped marriage in Australia over three centuries.

Stories of marriage are told through case studies of people, places and events—including the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. Letters, Acts of Parliament, convict records, court documents, photographs, films, plans and reports sourced from the State Archives Collection will be on display, many for the first time.


A Colonial Wedding 1788-1880

Date:
Saturday 6 April 2019

Time:
2pm

Venue:
Penrith Regional Gallery, 86 River Road, Emu Plains

Bookings:

  • Please reserve your place by contacting Fiona Knoke at 4735 1100 or fiona.knoke@penrith.city
  • Cash or credit card payment is require to secure your booking.
  • All proceeds raised will go toward conservation work and support for Penrith Regional Gallery. 
 
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