Wedding Gown and Accessories; 17-228


Wedding Gown and Accessories

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A cream satin wedding dress with lace embroidery at the shoulder and neckline. It has a fitted V neck and V shaped waistline. At the hemline, a 2 cm ruffle edges the train. Blue ribbon is attached at the hem for holding the train. It is made from fine white cotton fabric with embossed lines. A handkerchief with tatted edges was made by Elva Reid for her wedding day.

Raewyn Torrie (Elva Reid's daughter) altered the dress to include a cream nylon and tulle, stiffened, petticoat with a ruffled hemline and a cummerbund sash with a decorative rose at the waistline. She also wore the medium length wedding veil with a decorative hair band of roses and pearls.

This dress was worn by Elva May Reid (nee Curel) who married George Forrest Reid on 11th February 1947 at Port Albert, Kaipara. They farmed at Tomarata.
Elva stated, " When I announced my engagement just after the war, we still had clothing coupons and very limited material. Laura (nee Denton) who had married Lloyd Bennet in Whangarei a few years before, and lived near me, offered to sell her wedding dress. So I paid her a few pounds for it. A neighbour altered it slightly. I hired a veil from Auckland. My daughter Raewyn Lou Reid married Neil John Torrie at Mangawhai on 14th December 1991 and wore my frock for the ceremony."

This dress was first purchased by Laura Bennett nee Denton of Whangarei, who married Lloyd Bennett of Port Albert on 1st June 1942. Laura had purchased her satin wedding gown 'off the rack' at Jacks Court in Whangarei.

Mangawhai Museum has photographs of the three brides wearing the same wedding dress in the Photograph Collection.


A: L 2.30cm (back neck to tip of train hem) W 30 cm (across shoulder) W 37 cm (across waist)
B: L 102 cm W 30 cm (across waist)
C: L 90 cm
D: L 70 cm (waist )
E: 30 cm x 30 cm

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