There is considerable curiosity about the dress that Catherine Middleton will wear at her wedding to Prince William today. In 1923, another Royal wedding took place in late April at Westminster Abbey when William’s great-grandmother married the then Duke of York.
The Advertiser reported on the event the day after the ceremony and included a detailed description of the bride’s dress.
The Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon – 26 April 1923
The Bride’s Dress.
The bride’s wedding dress was of ivory moire mousme, designed with extreme simplicity. She wished specially for a rich shade of ivory, and the material was dyed accordingly. Following classical lines, the dress was cut in one piece, reaching almost to the ground, and with the waist line slightly raised. The sleeves just covered the top of the shoulders. The front of the bodice was decorated with four bands of pearl trimming, a similar one being used to decorate the front of the skirt. The wedding veil, caught at each ear with a white rose and a spray of orange blossom, which supplied the only color foil to the creamy whiteness, consisted of old lace belonging to the Queen. The train was of Nottingham lace, the back of the dress having a panel of silver tissue.
HT to The Fashion Notes blog for the photograph.
Daily comic strips have been appearing in newspapers for around 100 years since William Randolph Hearst introduced a full page of comics in his New York paper. Here’s the Courier Mail strip from 15 November 1949 featuring Alex Gurney‘s – Bluey and Curley and Stan Cross‘ Wally and the Major.
This letter to the editor definitely has the vibe of being written by a sleep deprived curmudgeon.
To the Editors of Bell’s Life in Sydney.
GENTLEMEN. – Last week you put an excellent article in your paper on the above invention. Will you use your influence with the “By-Law Committee of the Corporation” to abate the following nuisances :-
1. Butcher’s’ carts rattling through the streets, so that no man with a decent bred horse has any chance of not being either run against, or run down-brown !”‘
2. Baker’s carts, “or turnovers,” that invariably go the wrong side, ” rolling ” over everything that comes their way.
3. Milk and “ginger beer” carts, – (also) – i.e. from bad springs, and loaded with milk cans or aer-rated bottles, being the reverse of “a pig’s whisper” in the thereabouts of the streets of Sydney.
4. Grocers’ Carts – More furious drivers than any. Some of these have proprietors, very influential “men of the Ward.” I will, on division of the house, leave these out rather than risk the foss-for-us influence. These carts are particularly noticed on the South Head Road, and are fair facts to be noticed and described.
5. Breaks. Not only from the vulgar jingling noise they make, but from their reckless mode of exposing themselves to the vigilance of a certain person called the V.I.N., or Vigilant Inspector (and) No mistake! I have expected this information long ago. They had better take care.
6. Night-man’s Carts that for half a mile are heard only to disturb and awake you to the sense of “ammoniacal suffocation” the rest of the night.
A pig’s whisper – “A very short space of time; properly a grunt – which doesn’t take long” – Brewers’ Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.
Yvonne Perkins on her Stumbling Through the Past blog shares her research on the early commemorations of Anzac Day. Well worth a read on this Anzac Day 2011.
On 23 May 1912, the winner of the prize for designing Australia’s new national capital was announced by newspapers across the country. The story of the competition can be found on the website An Ideal City.
Chicago’s Walter Burley Griffin (in collaboration with his wife Marian Mahony Griffin) worked from 1914 to 1920 on the realisation of the plans, before moving on to other projects in Australia and elsewhere. The Griffin Society is a great starting place for more information.
Maralinga was described in this Sun Herald article on 5 Dec 1954 as “a remote and uninhabited part of South Australia”.
Spin and deceit, naivety and ignorance are not new.
For a perspective 50 years on read this article by John Keane in The Age on 11 May 2003.
ABC TV’s Message Stick televised the Anangu people’s story in October 2009. It shows men turning their backs on an atomic explosion. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.
After Yellowstone National Park in the United States of America was created in 1872, Sydney’s first National Park became the second national park in the world. The National Park was not named Royal National Park until 1954.
……The credit of the idea of dedicating a large tract of land for such a purpose is principally due to Sir John Robertson, who has thought of the project for years, and no land seemed more suitable than that near Port Hacking, which presents all the attractiveness of varied and beautiful scenery, and abounds with game….. it was decided to dedicate 18,000 acres having more than five miles frontage to the Pacific Ocean (including Wattamolla Boat Harbour and other well known fishing grounds), over ten miles frontage to the main and southern arms of Port Hacking River (including the wide part of the river), and more than four miles frontage to Woronora Creek, a fine navigable arm of George’s River. The scenery in these localities is exceedingly attractive, and Port Hacking, the lower part of George’s River, and many spots on the coast line of the land which will form part of the park, abound with fine fish. …….. The park, [..] is to be called ” The National Park,” a better name than which could not be given ……..
The website of Friends of the Royal tells more of the park’s story.
The entry for bludger in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable reads
(Aust.) Originally (19th century) a pimp, but later any scrounger or one profiting without risk. In World War I to bludge on the flag meant to slack in the army.