Wedding Outfit worn by Janet Hogan

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Wedding outfit, comprising mini dress and hat, worn by Janet Hogan.
This is a one off wedding dress designed by the donor and made by Deons, a leading wedding dress manufacturer in Brisbane. The wedding hat was made by Patrick Ogilvie, Milliner, Rowes Building, Edward Street, Brisbane.
CH classification COSTUME Wedding woman
CH classification COSTUME woman
CH classification COSTUME Headwear woman
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Dress: Dress - centre front length: 805mm, centre back length: 825 mm
Media/Materials description
paper, silk, acetate
History and use
At the age of twenty-seven, Janet (nee Lettice) married Austin John Hogan, 41 and a divorcee, on the 3rd April 1969. Only six guests were present at the wedding. There were no bridesmaids. As her parents were divorced and not on speaking terms, Janet had planned for her mother's brother, her Uncle Frank, to give her away. However her father's unexpected arival meant that he took over that role.

Janet's dress, a mini, was made by well-known bridal design boutique, Deon's of Brisbane, who suggested that Janet visit Patrick Ogilvie, Brisbane's leading milliner of that time, to have a wedding hat made, The hat was covered in blue and white daisies. Several years after the wedding the original veil was used by Austin to strain a soup. A matching posy of daisies was made by a florist in the Brisbane Arcade.

At the time of her marriage, Janet, with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Queensland, was working as a science librarian (the first such employee at SLQ). In February 1969 the ban on married women as permanent employees in the Queensland State public sector was abolished. However, women required departmental approval to continue to work after marriage until 1973. Janet and Austin delayed their wedding until April so that Janet could continue working. Janet was the first woman in the Queensland Public Service to be continued in employment upon marriage.
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