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2018 GAMAA WINNER: Fassifern District Historical Society, Templin Museum


WINNER: Fassifern District Historical Society, Templin Museum for Madam Weigel – The woman who clothed Australasia

Following a talk by Dr Veronica Lampkin, who was launching her book, Madame Weigel: The woman who clothed the colonies, the Fassifern District Historical Society’s Common Threads group discovered that the Templin Museum held several Madame Weigel patterns. As an exercise, they each took a pattern and made a garment, using fabrics that were donated from deceased estates and buttons and zips from the era.

Madame Weigel was the first designer of the divided skirt for side-saddle riding. Local woman Mrs Betts’ jacket, divided skirt and riding bodice, along with her side-saddle, are documented in the Templin Collection, dated 1890–1900. 

A further visit from Dr Lampkin, armed with books and journals, led to the realisation that the Templin Museum held a vast collection of articles made by local women, and an exhibition was developed.

Cr Rick Baberowski, Sunshine Coast Council with (from left to right) Jacque Wearmouth, Dr Veronica Lampkin, Lyn Gordon and Iris Skinner, Fassifern & District Historical Society, Templin Museum – Winner of Projects: Organisations Volunteer Run category. Photograph by Krista Eppelstun, courtesy of Museums & Galleries Queensland.


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