Dress, Paisley Patterned; Unknown maker; 1881?; WW.1993.786


Dress, Paisley Patterned

About this object

This paisley dress was Elizabeth (Betsey) Duthie’s going away dress on her marriage to John Ogilvie McPherson at Tingwall, Shetland on December 8, 1881.

The couple immigrated to New Zealand in 1892, where they first stayed with Betsey’s brother William Duthie who was teaching in Portobello at the time. John purchased a farm at Quarry Hills and named it ‘Carronvale’ after his birthplace, (Section 10, Block 4, Waikawa).

The couple had no children of their own, however, William Duthie became the teacher at Quarry Hills bringing with him the couple’s nine nieces and two nephews. When Betsey died in 1925, the couple’s niece Ivy (nee Duthie) and her husband Nesbit (Nib) MacIntosh took over ‘Carronvale’ and cared for John until his death in 1932.


Unknown maker

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, Scotland

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, fibre, processed material, cotton


h 1325 mm x w 480 mm x d 55 mm
d = at waist while hanging on a coat hanger.

Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing and Accessories

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