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A cream-coloured lace wedding veil. The lace is made up of a floral pattern stitched onto netting that resembles Margot-style lace with its scroll designs and long-stemmed flowers.
Accession No
PA2005.172

Name/Title
Fan
A cream-coloured brisé fan made of fine guardsticks of ivory or bone. The fan has nineteen guardsticks that are held together by a brass rivet and a silk ribbon that is weaved through. Each guardstick is 2.5cm wide at the top and tapers to 0.5cm at the bottom. They are finely carved with abstract shapes that are identical on the inside seventeen sticks. The two sticks on the outside ends have different matching shapes than those on the inside. The fan is finished with two cream-coloured tassels attached to the brass rivet which is made of cotton thread with a small white bead on each.
Accession No
PA2006.022

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A three-part wedding headpiece with a headband and two matching hair ornaments. The headband is a half-circle shaped wire that is embellished with a cluster of gold paper flowers and leaves that have been coated in a layer of wax followed by a lustrous glaze. Underneath the wax, the paper has been shaded with a dark line around the edges and midrib of the leaves. On each side of the headband there is a narrow gold elastic band attached. The stem of the two hair ornaments is made of wire that has been wrapped in paper. From the stem there are shoots of flowers and leaves that match those found on the headband.
Accession No
PA2006.021

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A white satin wedding gown with cream-coloured cut velvet flowers all over. The gown has a variation of long kimono sleeves that narrow snugly around the wrist and a mandarin collar. The front of the bodice has a seam up the centre front and two darts for shaping. The skirt is very full and has a slight train in the back. It is lined with rayon. There is a hook and eye at the collar on the centre back and a zip that runs from the neckline until just below the waist.
Accession No
PA2006.019

Name/Title
A white wedding veil made of cotton netting. The veil is a large rectangular shape that is edged with machine chain-stitching. The stitching runs straight down the sides and forms flat bows at intervals. Along two sides, the chain-stitching is scalloped and continues to form bows. In the four corners there is an elaborate white silk flower appliqué design. The design has three fabric flowers applied to the netting with a chain-stitch and surrounded by chain-stitched scrolls and leaves.
Accession No
PA2006.020

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A white grosgrain and lace wedding gown. It has a boned, strapless bodice, fashioned to form pleats at the waist which fall into deep folds in the skirt. a wide scalloped lace trim is attached to the skirt with two tiny pearls sewn at the top of each scallop. The overblouse of the lace has long narrow sleeves and a boat shaped scalloped neckline with tiny pearls sprinkled on the lace. The overblouse is attached to a narrow grosgrain waistband. There is a large lace covered bow and streamers at the back.
Accession No
A87.191

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A bodice from a wedding outfit made of olive-coloured and black silk taffeta. The garment is boned and fastens down the front with fabric buttons. There is black piping around the arms and collar and a curved front with a small band collar. A black panel extends from around the back of the neck to the front bust and ends with a ribbon on the left-hand side. The cuffs have a band of kilting and a ribbon on top. The hem is cut up along the sides of the hips and tapers back down to a row of pleats at the back rear.
Accession No
A91.054

Name/Title
A cream-coloured satin wedding gown with a short-sleeved bodice and train at the hem. The gown is adorned with two rows of twenty-seven satin-covered buttons that line down the two front seams. The neckline has a fringe of silver, white and pearl beading. The cuffs, neckline and waistline have matching lace that is made of cream-coloured chiffon with a satin-stitched shell-shaped pattern. Along the inside seams of the bodice are bones and at the back hook and eye fastenings. The garment is lined with a heavy silk and the hem is edged with a row of finely pleated lace. There are two separate long sleeves that are made of satin with rows of horizontal tucks that go with the gown.
Accession No
PA2004.169

Name/Title
A simple white velvet, long sleeved wedding dress. There are slits in the upper portion of both sleeves.
Accession No
PA2008.103

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A gold-coloured taffeta and lighter-toned silk princess-style gown. The elbow-length sleeves and sections of the side, centre and back of the skirt are ruched. The front of the bodice has a triangular-shaped ruched panel made of the lighter-toned silk and edged with piping. On the bottom of the skirt, there are bands of kilting alternating with the light satin trim. The full skirt is shaped for a bustle in the rear with a train that is trimmed with handmade needlepoint lace. The gown includes a small piped pocket on the front left-hand side and a centre back opening with satin-covered buttons. The collar fastens with a hook and eye and the inside of the train has a metal loop for holding up the skirt.
Accession No
A75.874

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A gold-coloured leaf-patterned bodice with a high neck and two rows of decorated metal buttons down the front. On the front there is a pleated panel between the buttons. The garment has long sleeves with cuffs that are stiffened with bones. A series of tucks vertically line the bottom front of the bodice, portions of the cuffs and around the neck. The front of the bodice is stiffened with boning.
Accession No
A90.641

Name/Title
A gold-coloured leaf-patterned skirt. The skirt is evenly gathered all around and has a placket in the back that fastens with hooks and eyes. The waistband has been removed and a calico one added. The waistband has been left with an unfinished edging.
Accession No
A90.642

Name/Title
A silver metal horseshoe that is decorated with white plastic flowers with wire stems and red bows attached. The horseshoe is suspended on a white ribbon.
Accession No
A90.276

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A long apricot coloured nightgown made of silken fabric and trimmed with white tatting on the bodice.
Accession No
PA2010.180

Name/Title
Miss Belle Allen, a teacher at Fitzroy Primary School, was a member of the North Taranaki Branch of the New Zealand Education Institute.
The Institute was formed in 1896 and, while it is not known when Belle Allen joined, she was elected to the Management Committee in 1928 serving in various capacities until retirement in 1949
The presentation manuscript, contains signatures of colleges, and extracts from Annual reports, reflecting Miss Allen's contribution to the North Taranaki Branch of the New Zealand Education Institute over the years.
Accession No
ARC2001-22

Name/Title
In 1875, Irish born Colonel Robert Trimble brought his wife Jane and family of 5 sons (Alfred, Heywood, Montfort, Harold and Shirley) and three daughters (Nora, Ellie and Jessie) to New Zealand, settling in near Inglewood. They purchased and developed a property on the main road near the Norfolk Road junction and called it Riverdale.
The letters are written primarily by Nora and Ellie Trimble, two unmarried sisters who remained at the family property. The letters are directed to their niece Dorothy (daughter of Heywood) and her two children Betty and Joan who were living in Otago.
Nora and Ellie write of daily life on the farm, cooking, preserving, reading books, and social exchanges. They make comment on individuals and families in the district and describe trips to New Plymouth. Adventurous spirited Ellie develops a passion for aviation and while she never learnt to fly, planes are often mentioned in her letters.
Accession No
ARC2001-37

Name/Title
Eliza Hobson was the wife of Captain William Hobson, Governor of New Zealand 1841 - 1842 This is a typescript copy of letters 1835 - 1846 from Eliza and William Hobson to various recipients, not arranged chronologically. Manuscript copies held by Alexander Turnbull Library.
Accession No
ARC2001-52

Either research or speech notes titled Pioneer Women - their every day lives in the 40s & 50's [sic]. While the author is unidentified, this may be the notes for a paper delivered to the New Plymouth Historical Society in the 1940s.
The writer describes life in the young settlement of New Plymouth, mentioning people and conditions.
Accession No
ARC2001-98

Established in 1963, the Fitzroy Inner Wheel collection includes the Minutes of the Committee meetings 1963 - 1997 (mins for 1977 - 84 are missing), some financial statements and correspondence. Includes the inaugural minutes.
Accession No
ARC2001-115

The Taranaki International Women's Group emerged from the 1993 Suffrage celebrations. Twenty races/countries were represented at the first luncheon held in October 1993.
Over the next few years, the group organised international dinners and luncheons, supporting and encouraging each other to celebrate unique aspects of their own and others cultural differences.
The collection includes some minutes, membership lists, newspaper clippings etc. 1993 - 1995
Accession No
ARC2001-171

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An invoice/receipt for fabric purchased from the Moa Farmer's Union Ltd, Inglewood. The fabric and accessories were used to make Betti Allemann's wedding dress. Betti married John Edward Nicholls at St Andrew's church, Inglewood on 27th July 1899.
Also an original photograph of Betti and John at their wedding (2004-5) and a copy photograph showing staff standing on the street in front of Moa Farmer's Union General Store (2004-6)
Accession No
ARC2001-414

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A letter from McKelham to Captain Grey, master of the ship Blenheim, advising that Mary Ann Baird has disembarked at Wellington. November 11 1842
Accession No
ARC2001-478

Elizabeth Guard nee Parker, was one of the few European women living in the New Zealand whaling community in pre-European settlement days. She sailed with her husband John (Jacky) Guard and had a whaling station in Te Awaiti in the Tory Channel.
In 1834, their ship, the Harriet, was driven ashore near Te Namu, Opunake where she was taken captive. She was rescued by British troops some five months later. The essay written by Amy Macdonald, Marlborough Federation, W.I. and abridged by C.A. Macdonald, gives an account of the life of Betty Guard (nee Parker)
Accession No
ARC2002-18

Group of women seated in hall drinking tea.
Accession No
WD.011274

A class photo of students from Rahotu School : standard 3 & 4 Students.
Accession No
WD.009653
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