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Braces - Albanian, Crimson & Blue Striped, circa 1944 Reg. No: HT 8444
- Braces, purchased in Wauchope New South Wales in 1944. Part of a suit worn by Albanian immigrant Pandi Thomas for his wedding to Artemissia Hari, which took place in Bagnoo New South Wales in 1944. Pandi and Artemissia's marriage was arranged through the business contacts of Pandi's brother, who introduced Pandi to Artemissia's father. After Pandi and Artemissia's father had discussed the marriage prospect, the couple met and Artemissia agreed to the marriage, as she was culturally expected to do. They were married in a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony at Artemissa's family farm house with a priest brought in from Sydney. The couple honeymooned in Kempsey, New South Wales and then returned to Shepparton, where Pandi was living with his brother. They had five children and died within seven weeks of each other in 1995.
Pandi wore the suit for special occasions throughout his lifetime, and it is unknown whether the braces were part of original wedding outfit or if it was added in later years with subsequent wearing.
- Crimson and blue striped braces.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Christine Thomas, 2004
|Tagged with:||clothing, world war ii 1939-1945, weddings, wedding costumes, religions greek orthodox, arranged marriages, albanian communities, albanian immigration|
|Themes this item is part of:||Pandi Thomas, Albanian Migrant, 1938, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Primary Classification:||CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS|
|Tertiary Classification:||clothing accessories|
|Place & Date Purchased:||Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia, 1944|
|User:||Mr Pandi Thomas, Bagnoo, New South Wales, Australia, 1944|
|User:||Mr Pandi Thomas, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, 1944-1995|