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All dressed up . . . Geraldine Historic Museum secretary Margaret Chapman is looking forward to putting the museum's wedding dress collection on display. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

A display of wedding dresses will show Geraldine’s history while fundraising for the Geraldine Historic Museum’s next project.

The museum would host a display of wedding outfits and accessories from the 1890s to the 1960s, museum secretary Margaret Chapman said.

While most of the dresses were catalogued to the museum, there were three from one Geraldine family connected to the museum that had been loaned to the museum, as they celebrated three generations of the family.

“There’s a story with them all,” she said of the outfits which would be on display.

About 20 dresses would be on show throughout the exhibition, along with wedding suits, mother-of-the-bride dresses and bridesmaids dresses.

The exhibition, which will run from August 19 to 27, will raise funds for the museum’s upcoming permanent display project, which was expected to cost about $300,000, Mrs Chapman said.

While the new space in the museum had a variety of temporary displays on show, the project would allow dresses and other items to be put on permanent display, she said.

However, the cost was an issue for the museum, as it was aiming to reach a particular amount so it could also apply for grants, Mrs Chapman said.

She encouraged people to come along to the display, as it was another part of Geraldine’s history people could enjoy, especially as there were details about those who had worn the wedding dresses and other wedding outfits.

The wedding dress display will be held at the Geraldine Historical Museum, 5 Cox St, between August 19 and 27 from 10am-3pm. Admission is $8, to raise funds for the museum. Phone (03) 693-7028 for more information.