Unveiling the Shape of the Vintage Bride

Browse an incredible exhibition of bridal fashions from 1860-1960, hear from two guest speakers and enjoy morning tea at Dundullimal Homestead.

Visit historic Dundullimal where a century of vintage bridal-wear awaits you.

Organised with the assistance of two curators from Dubbo Regional Council museum, this beautiful display lifts the veil on an array of bridal fashions. Step inside the homestead to view pre-1900 wedding gowns and undergarments, and outside, a collection of post-1900s bridesmaids dresses, three generations of gowns and various wedding accessories (including gloves and shoes) on display in the church, grooms’ quarters and in the Shed Café.

View a beautiful gown created by Paul Stephens, a local dressmaker who specialised in wedding gowns for 45 years, and discover his story.

Listen in as two guest speakers take you on a journey back through the decades:

  • Saturday speaker – Dr Sarah Bendall, a social historian and author of a recently released book, Shaping Femininity will speak of what was worn underneath wedding gowns
  • Sunday speaker – Dorothy Blake, a renowned local historian who will speak on the purpose of Trousseaus and Glory Boxes and their historical relevance


Images: Courtesy of Sis Honner, Dundullimal Dubbo Support Crew President.


Event details

Unveiling the Shape of the Vintage Bride on display with special extended opening times and days, from 10:30am – 4pm on Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 April 2023.


How to book your tickets

Tickets: National Trust members $25, adults $30, concession $25, children under 5 free.

Includes access to Dundullimal Homestead, displays, guest speaker talks and morning tea (gluten free).

A light boxed lunch (including a gluten free option) is available for an additional $10 and can be reserved upon booking or purchased on the day.

Book via Eventbrite where possible to guarantee a spot.



With thanks to Mariam Abboud, Acting Cultural Development Cooorinator, Dubbo Regional Council.


With thanks

A special thanks to Lynn-Maree Dunn for the generous contribution of many of the amazing antique items on display across the weekend.


Images: Courtesy of Sis Honner, Dundullimal Dubbo Support Crew President.


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Dundullimal Homestead

Dundullimal Homestead


23L Obley Road
Dubbo 2830 NSW
1.5 KM past Taronga Western Plains Zoo

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