Wedding dress and accessories

Contributed by: Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society

Wedding dress
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Object information

Significance statement

This dress and accessories are important items pertaining to the Gilgandra Shire being made and worn by the daughter of one of the early settlers of the district. On her marriage she became a member of another longstanding family in the area and their offspring continue to farm, live and be active in many public and social groups in the Shire.

Author: Shirley Marks Curator/Research Officer, Gilgandra Museum & Historical Society, 23rd September 2009.


Veil, headpiece, gloves, groom's bowtie and buttonhole decoration and cake decoration, also copy of wedding photograph

History and Provenance

Do you have any stories or community information associated with this?

Ida Lummis (nee Bonningron) was born at Armatree on August 3 1903. She grew up at "Woodvale Park," Curban the eldest of two brothers and four sisters. Her primary education was taken care of by a governess at home and completed at PLC Croydon.

In 1926 she marred John Lummis and lived on the property "Wilga View," Curban. The couple raised a family of six boys and two girls.

Ida was a great cook and seamstress and loved the garden. She was involved with the Curban Parents & Citizens Association, the Red Cross and Presbyterian Church.

The family were keen followers of sport and were involved with the Curban tennis and cricket teams.

In 1963 Ida and Jack retired to Gilgandra and started a small nursery which Ida ran successfully for a number of years.

How does this garment relate to the wider historical context?

The dress is important as it involves two longstanding families in the Gilgandra Shire - Bonnington and Lummis. These families played a large part, and still do, in the progress and development of the Shire.

Where did this information come from?

From Mrs Lummis obituary, records held by the Historical Society and local knowledge.

This garment has been exhibited

Currently exhibited in Allan Wise Gallery Annex at Coo-ee Heritage Centre, Newell Highway, Gilgandra

  1. Place of origin:

    Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia

  2. Owned by:

    Currently owned by Gilgandra Museum & Historical Society Inc. Donated to the Society on or about 29 October 1997 by Mrs Ida Lummis (nee Bonnington) owner and maker.

  3. Worn by:

    Miss Ida May Bonnington

  4. Occasion(s):

    At her marriage to Mr John Sammon Lummis

  5. Place:

    St Stephen's Presbyterian Church 40 Myrtle Street Gilgandra

  6. Designed by:

    Miss Ida May Bonnington

  7. Made by:

    Mrs Helen Murray (Ida Lummis' daughter) advised on 2/9/2009 that following discussions with various members of her mother's family, they came to the consensus that Ida made her own wedding dress.

Fibre / Weave

  1. Natural dye
  2. Synthetic dye


Hand made by Ida May Bonnington

  1. Hand sewn
  2. Machine sewn
  3. Knitted
  4. Other


  1. Bias
  2. Straight


  1. Hook and eye
  2. Lacing
  3. Buttons
  4. Zip
  5. Drawstring



  1. Excellent
  2. Good
  3. Fair
  4. Poor
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