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New exhibit at Pioneer Park

When Jessie Mather married Kevin Hogarth at Scotts Memorial Church in September 1958 it is unlikely that she thought her dresses would be on display at a museum nearly 60 years later. 

Yet the wedding dress and 'going away' outfit are now on display in the Roundhouse at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum.

"Griffith Pioneer Park Museum has a remarkable collection of clothing including a number of dresses which are in a national registry," said Museum Curator, Jason Richardson.

"These preserve a variety of aspects of history but also illustrate local stories like the work of seamstress Myrtle Crockford, who created the wedding dress and going away outfit."

Mrs Crockford ran Griffith fashion business 'La Vogue' for a number of years and dressed many women in the region.

Jessie Hogarth found the wedding dress in a newspaper and provided a copy to Mrs Crockford who then created it from lace and tulle without the use of a pattern.

The exhibition was put together by Griffith Pioneer Park Museum volunteer Heather Waide, who has contributed hundreds of hours to the Museum over the years.

"Heather's research has included sourcing photographs of the dresses at the wedding, as well as many hours restoring and conserving other dresses and uniforms in our collection," added Mr Richardson.

Griffith Pioneer Park Museum volunteers contribute their time and energy toward preserving history, where their efforts are seen by thousands of visitors annually.

Take the opportunity to step back in time and view Jessie Hogarth's wedding dress and 'going away' outfit for yourself.

For more information, please contact Griffith Pioneer Park Museum on 6962 4196 or www.griffithpioneerpark.com.au

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