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Dress - Wedding, Purple Silk, Amelia Klopper nee Simon, 26 Feb 1878 Object Reg. No: SH 890402

Purple silk wedding dress, worn by Amelia Christina Karolina Simon on her marriage to Charles H. Ferdinand Klopper (Ferdinand Heinrich C. Klopper) on 26 February 1878 at Rosenthal Heights, Barossa, South Australia.

The dress was donated with a photograph of the bride and groom (SH 892636) that identifies them as Charles and Amelia Klopper.

Charles Klopper was born on 8 December 1851 at Hope Valley, South Australia; Amelia Simon was born in 1855, also in South Australia. They were to have 14 children. Their first daughter, Ida, was born in South Perth in 1879. Their next child, a son, Alfred, was born in South Australia, and died at 11 months, in 1881, announced in the South Australian Register: 'KLOPPER.- On the 4th May, at Napperby, of deptethic croup, Alfred Charles, dearly beloved and only son of Charles H. F. and Amelia C. Klopper, aged 11 months. Safe in the arms of Jesus.' Three of their other children also died as young children; another son, Louis Alfred Klopper, died at Gallipoli on 7/8/1915. Charles died in 1932, aged about 81, at Bridgetown, Western Australia.
Purple silk, long sleeved dress. Front opening to below waist from round neck finished with a band with metal hood and eye closure. 16 other metal hooks with 13 eyelets and 5 worked bars of purple silk thread. Front bodice has 2 darts either side of opening and small fob pocket on LHS below waist (formerly black silk satin, now clearly worn away). Long straight sleeves ending in 3 ruffles with black silk satin half cuff with buttoned revere above. Piping at armhold. Skirt has assymetrical (2) bands edged with piping slanting towards LHS. At lower edge of skirt 2 silk ruffles follow a chevron shape which is emphasised by a black satin ribbon band above. The piped band have black lace attached at lower edge which continue round to back central train panel. Piped bands lace and ruffles then fall symmetrically to train. Cord train carrying loops on lower LHS and RHS. Seam and silk ruffled - piped pocket at right hip. Bands of piping from bodice continue to form panels of train.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Reta Peters, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 176.00 cm (Height)

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Tagged with: celebrations, marriage customs rites, weddings, world war i 1914-1918, rites of passage, wedding costumes
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Weddings
Tertiary Classification: clothing
User: Miss Amelia Simon, Rosenthal Heights, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia, 26 Feb 1878
References: People and Places, Short Stories By Ida Amelia McAlinden.

Family Notices. (1881, May 18). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 4. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from
Geneaology from - Flynn family tree, accessed 28 Mar 2014

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