Plymouth wedding dress saved from skip in Australia

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Plymouth wedding dress saved from skip in Australia
Wedding dress on show in Melbourne museum
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The dress has now gone on display in Castlemaine, Victoria

A box containing a bridal gown from a wedding in Devon 84 years ago has been unearthed in Australia.

Melbourne bride-to-be Claire Ransome was looking for a vintage wedding dress for herself when she bought the box online after it was saved from a skip.

She was amazed to find the wedding dress and flowers and decorations from the wedding of Gertrude Bloye and Fred MacDonald in Plymouth in 1938.

The dress has now gone on display in Castlemaine, Victoria.

Gertrude Bloye
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Gertrude Bloye packed her wedding dress in a Dingles cardboard box after her wedding

Bride Gertrude packed her wedding dress in a cardboard box from local department store Dingles after her wedding.

The couple did not have any children and the box with wedding treasures was passed down the family before it was sent to a relative in Australia.

There it was spotted being thrown into a skip in Perth and put up for sale online.

Wedding dress Dingles box
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The wedding dress in its original box from Plymouth was being thrown into a skip

Ms Ransome said: "It was like a vintage wedding showbag, the gloves that her husband wore, dried roses, waxed buds from the wedding cake and then from the very bottom out came this beautiful wedding dress, like liquid silk."

Text on wedding dress find: My Aunty found them when we were living in Perth. Someone was throwing them into a skip!!! She paid them $150 and knew that I'd love it.
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The message from the seller spells out the amazing find

Peter Bottomley, who curated an exhibition of wedding dresses in Castlemaine, said: "This lady preserved it for all those years.

"Seeing it back out of the dumpster and looking beautiful is a great end to the story."

Ms Ransome ended up wearing another dress at her wedding but she did carry in her purse a mother-of-pearl hair clip from Gertrude's box of treasures.

Claire Ransome
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Claire Ransome: The dress was like liquid silk
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