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Wedding Veil - Limerick Lace, 1856 Object Reg. No: HT 16991

Summary:
Limerick lace wedding veil imported from Ireland and worn by Janet Scrimgeour at her wedding in Bendigo in 1865 to Peter Brackelmann. She had migrated with her family from Scotland in 1854. For over 130 years this veil, which came to Australia as a result of the migration experience, was passed down the one female line, with the keeper of the veil in each generation then loaning it to every young woman linked to the family to wear at her wedding.

The lace takes its name from its place of origin in Limerick, Ireland. The style first became popular in the mid 19th century and is still made today, often incorporating two well known lace-making techniques; the needlerun stitch and the tambour and hook.
Description:
Wedding veil, netting with Limerick lace floral work and scalloped edging.
Statement Of Significance:
The wedding veil represents a wonderful story of a familiar ritualistic female object which connects generations of women in one family across time. For over 130 years this object was passed down the one female line, with the keeper of the veil in each generation then loaning it to every young woman linked to the family to wear at her wedding, thereby keeping the tradition alive. The changing styles and fashions of bridal wear is evident from the earliest photograph of a wearer, the donor's mother Vera Myrtle in 1914 (unfortunately there is no photograph of the first wearer Janet Scrimgeour wearing the veil), through to the donor herself in 1934, her sisters through the 1940s and early 1950s and her own daughter in 1958 - but the veil remains the constant.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Nancy Maslen, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 1440 mm (Width), 1730 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: rituals, families, immigration, weddings, scottish immigration, wedding costumes, red cross
Themes this item is part of: Janet Scrimgeour, Scottish Migrant, 1854, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Weddings
Tertiary Classification: clothing accessories
Place & Date Made: Ireland, circa 1865
User: Janet Scrimgeour, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1865
User: Mrs Nancy Maslen, Victoria, Australia, 1934-1958

Nancy was the 100th bride to wear the veil and became the final keeper of this precious family heirloom
References: Copies of family trees, marriage certificates, biographical notes from the donor's daughter, family and wedding photographs

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