Te Papa Museum Welcomes 164-Year-Old Wedding Dress

The History Department at Wellington's Te Papa Museum have welcomed a matching wedding dress and waistcoat that holds wonderful history.

    Descendants of prominent nineteenth-century entrepreneur, William Barnard Rhodes of Wellington, recently flew from England to present Te Papa Museum a silk brocade wedding dress and waistcoat, worn by Mr Rhodes and his bride Sarah King at their wedding – in 1852!

    The 164-year-old clothing pieces are the oldest items of wedding attire worn in New Zealand, and are certain to be well admired in their new home.

    Time to bring back the matchy-matchy marital ensemble?

    Above: Te Papa Museum's History Curator Katie Cooper draws the Rhodes family threads together. Image: Te Papa Facebook.

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