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Image of Dress - Mid brown / tan silk skirt with train which matches bodices 977/44.1 and .2

WAIST Turned over waistband through which white elastic has been threaded through.  This is a recent alteration as the elastic appears to be quite new and this does not match the style of the skirt or the bodices.

FRONT is made up from 3 gores.  The central one is largest with a smller one to each side.  They flare out with no decoration to a straight hem.  

BACK also of 3 panels but appears to have more fullness than front and is longer than front forming small train at the back.  Also no decoration. Has small white label inside on which is written E C 150.91 Hurdley 

Skirt appears to be extensively altered. 

Wedding dress 
belonging to Catherine Groundwater
c. 1873 with additional bodice c. 1885

Catherine McLean married Thomas Groundwater in 1873 wearing this tan-coloured silk dress. Little is known of the couple but they had at least eight children and are both buried in the cemetery at Geraldine. The dress was donated to the South Canterbury Museum by her granddaughter, Mrs Mary Nancy Flowers.

The skirt has been substantially altered with all the decorative trim expected of an early 1870s bustle dress removed. The bodice displayed with the skirt retains the original style and trim. Rust brown silk has been used as a contrasting trim on the bows at the centre front and on the ruffle that falls from the shoulder. 

The wide shoulder line and the curved sleeve were typical features on late 1860s and early 1870s dresses. By this time the shape of the skirt had changed from the bell-shaped crinoline to the flat-fronted bustle dresses. The original dress may have had an overskirt with apron front, and draped bustle falling to a train at the back.

The other bodice, which is boned, appears to have been made in the 1880s and perhaps the skirt was altered to match the style of this later date. It is fastened with 20 exquisite little buttons and has the slight puff at the top of the sleeve which was common in the late 1880s.

Dress - Mid brown / tan silk skirt with train which matches bodices 977/44.1 and .2 WAIST Turned over waistband through which white elastic has been threaded through. This is a recent alteration as the elastic appears to be quite new and this does not match the style of the skirt or the bodices. FRONT is made up from 3 gores. The central one is largest with a smller one to each side. They flare out with no decoration to a straight hem. BACK also of 3 panels but appears to have more fullness than front and is longer than front forming small train at the back. Also no decoration. Has small white label inside on which is written E C 150.91 Hurdley Skirt appears to be extensively altered. Wedding dress belonging to Catherine Groundwater c. 1873 with additional bodice c. 1885 Catherine McLean married Thomas Groundwater in 1873 wearing this tan-coloured silk dress. Little is known of the couple but they had at least eight children and are both buried in the cemetery at Geraldine. The dress was donated to the South Canterbury Museum by her granddaughter, Mrs Mary Nancy Flowers. The skirt has been substantially altered with all the decorative trim expected of an early 1870s bustle dress removed. The bodice displayed with the skirt retains the original style and trim. Rust brown silk has been used as a contrasting trim on the bows at the centre front and on the ruffle that falls from the shoulder. The wide shoulder line and the curved sleeve were typical features on late 1860s and early 1870s dresses. By this time the shape of the skirt had changed from the bell-shaped crinoline to the flat-fronted bustle dresses. The original dress may have had an overskirt with apron front, and draped bustle falling to a train at the back. The other bodice, which is boned, appears to have been made in the 1880s and perhaps the skirt was altered to match the style of this later date. It is fastened with 20 exquisite little buttons and has the slight puff at the top of the sleeve which was common in the late 1880s.

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Image of Doll - Large female child bisque head doll with composition body wearing dark blue silk dress and dark blue velvet bonnet.

Doll has red/brown shoulder length hair curly hair with ringlets. The hair is sewn onto fabric that is then glued to head ( a repair?). The moveable blue eyes are sleeping eyes - opens when standing closed when lying down. Eyelashes are attached to the eyes and are also painted on the face. Eyebrows are painted on the face. Doll has open mouth with four upper teeth showing, lips are painted orange with dimple in chin, pale complexion with rosy cheeks.

Dark blue long sleeved cotton dress, brown tie on shoes.

Marking on back of head "PB inside star S H 1923 9 Germany so made by Schoenau and Hoffmeister between 1901 and 1953 ( see notes) .

The body is composition with ball joints at shoulder, elbow and wrist on the arms and at hip and knee on the legs.

Doll wears dark blue grosgrain silk long sleeved dress. Dress has pleated ruffle at hem. Dress opens at the back with series of mock button with snap fasteners underneath.. Dress has rough hand stitching and machine sewing and looks as if another garment / dress has been reworked to fit the doll. Doll also wears soft pink rayon petticoat with lace at the neck and hem is hand sewn. Panties are made from cream rayon stockingette and have lace trim . Doll wears white nylon honeycomb pattern socks to the knee (altered child socks?) and brown leather baby shoes that have pink ribbon to make tie larger using buttonhole and tied around button.  Dark blue velvet bonnet with brim and ties under the chin is lined with pale blue nylon (like dress on doll 2010/161.01)

Note with doll  "Elizabeth 1932 for my 8?th birthday ( a beautiful previous porcelain doll broke by Nora Suckling in the garage) 9th birthday Elizabeth was my birthday gift. My party held in the children playground Oamaru gardens with a treasure hunt to find gifts. Elizabeth tied in a tree (still in Oamaru Gardens 2000) at reaching height never to be forgotten just one of the lovely adventures our mother planned for us. Elizabeth sat in my bedroom on my [Janets] bookshelf. The black cat Tim knocked her off. Mother sent her to dolls hospital Dunedin for repair. At this time I was in my first year of nursing at Dunedin School of Nursing. " signed by Janet Lauder.

Janet was born November 1925 so would have celebrated her 7 th birthday in 1932

Doll - Large female child bisque head doll with composition body wearing dark blue silk dress and dark blue velvet bonnet. Doll has red/brown shoulder length hair curly hair with ringlets. The hair is sewn onto fabric that is then glued to head ( a repair?). The moveable blue eyes are sleeping eyes - opens when standing closed when lying down. Eyelashes are attached to the eyes and are also painted on the face. Eyebrows are painted on the face. Doll has open mouth with four upper teeth showing, lips are painted orange with dimple in chin, pale complexion with rosy cheeks. Dark blue long sleeved cotton dress, brown tie on shoes. Marking on back of head "PB inside star S H 1923 9 Germany so made by Schoenau and Hoffmeister between 1901 and 1953 ( see notes) . The body is composition with ball joints at shoulder, elbow and wrist on the arms and at hip and knee on the legs. Doll wears dark blue grosgrain silk long sleeved dress. Dress has pleated ruffle at hem. Dress opens at the back with series of mock button with snap fasteners underneath.. Dress has rough hand stitching and machine sewing and looks as if another garment / dress has been reworked to fit the doll. Doll also wears soft pink rayon petticoat with lace at the neck and hem is hand sewn. Panties are made from cream rayon stockingette and have lace trim . Doll wears white nylon honeycomb pattern socks to the knee (altered child socks?) and brown leather baby shoes that have pink ribbon to make tie larger using buttonhole and tied around button. Dark blue velvet bonnet with brim and ties under the chin is lined with pale blue nylon (like dress on doll 2010/161.01) Note with doll "Elizabeth 1932 for my 8?th birthday ( a beautiful previous porcelain doll broke by Nora Suckling in the garage) 9th birthday Elizabeth was my birthday gift. My party held in the children playground Oamaru gardens with a treasure hunt to find gifts. Elizabeth tied in a tree (still in Oamaru Gardens 2000) at reaching height never to be forgotten just one of the lovely adventures our mother planned for us. Elizabeth sat in my bedroom on my [Janets] bookshelf. The black cat Tim knocked her off. Mother sent her to dolls hospital Dunedin for repair. At this time I was in my first year of nursing at Dunedin School of Nursing. " signed by Janet Lauder. Janet was born November 1925 so would have celebrated her 7 th birthday in 1932

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