Join Here

Join up to edit this article or to create one yourself. It takes just a moment and it's free

How to use this wiki site

Learn more about how this wiki works here.

Produced by



2.00 - 4.30pm.

Other times

by appointment.

Supported by


National Trust of South Australia


Wedding dress

From Mallala
Jump to: navigation, search
Fast Facts
Also known as World War One Wedding Gown
Type of thing Personal
Date made or found 1917
Place used Methodist Church, Owen, SA

Used in The marriage of Christina Grace Roberts to James David Dow

On 30 October 1917 when Christina Grace Roberts married James David Dow in the Owen Methodist Church she wore this wedding dress.

The bride travelled from her home at Barabba to the Owen Church by horse and buggy. On the rough dusty journey the beautiful wedding gown was protected with a dustcoat which had been made for the occasion.

Christina's sister Elsie was in attendance as her bridesmaid.

At the conclusion of the festivities the happy couple boarded the train to travel to Victor Harbor for their honeymoon.

The couple settled atĀ 'Warculta', Barabba.


The ivory moire silk wedding dress comprised of a skirt and jacket with military styling evident in the epaulettes on the shoulder, sleeves and a belt at the waist. The lace jabot and the pearl buttons gave a feminine touch.

The dust coat was made of moire silk with a large collar and decorative top-stitching in a contrast colour. It featured large covered buttons, two generous pockets and an attached belt.


  • Daughter
  • Mavis Dow
  • Mallala Museum records
Wedding Dress & Dust Coat 1917
Wedding Dress & Dust Coat 1917
Wedding dress 1917
Wedding dress 1917
Wedding Dress & Dust Coat 1917
Wedding Dress & Dust Coat 1917

Memories of Wedding dress

Gwenda remembers: The material of the gown is in superb condition and visitors to the Mallala Museum are amazed that it is over 100 years of age.

Do you remember Wedding dressĀ ? Then Join up and add your memory here.

Print Print    Subscribe by RSS Subscribe by RSS

Bookmark and Share