Dress, Wedding
Dress, Wedding
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Cape Breton Centre for Heritage & Science

Dress, Wedding

Accession number: 2008.008.01 a
Category: Wedding Objects
Date: circa 1947
Materials: silk, lace

Cream coloured, silk wedding dress with lace inserts, floor length, long sleeves, fabric covered buttons down the front. Matching cream coloured petticoat with elastic waistband.

History of Use:

Born in Upper Island Cove, Conception Bay, Newfoundland on May 14 1918, Elizabeth Lundrigan was the second youngest of eleven children born to John and Sarah (Lynch) Lundrigan. Her mother passed away at age 43, when she was two years old, at which time her older sisters cared for her with the help of their father.

Elizabeth moved to Sydney in 1943, where a sister and two brothers had settled in Whitney Pier. She was employed as a domestic with the senior Nathanson family who owned the CJCB Radio station on Charlotte Street. She wanted to get closer to her church so she went to work for Clyde Nunn's parents who lived in Whitney Pier. In later years she worked at Clifton House, which was on the corner of Bentinck and Wentworth Streets.

She met Thomas Allen Shirley in Sydney and they were married in Sydney at St. Alban's Anglican Church, Whitney Pier on January 28, 1947 by the Rev. Archdeacon A.F. Arnold. Together they had their only child, a son, Warren Thomas, born on April 22, 1948. After graduating from Sydney Academy in the mid 60s, Warren joined the Sydney City Police Force. His love of music led him to a part time job as a DJ with CHJP Radio Station in Timmons, Ontario, which he accepted and moved to Timmons in March 1973. Tragedy struck when one month later he lost his life in a single car accident at the age of 25 on April 27, 1973. (2008.008.02 belonged to him)

Elizabeth was a long time member of the L.O.B.A both in Newfoundland and Sydney, where she helped many offices down through the years. She was also a valued member of St. Alban's Church where she was a choir member for 64 years. At one time she served as a supply organist and choir director. Elizabeth passed away on January 14, 2008 at the age of 89. She was predeceased by her husband Allan in August 1972 and her son Warner in April 1973. The last surviving member of her immediate family, she was predeceased by brothers George, Eldred, John, Thomas and Fenwick and sisters Agnes, Gladys, Rose, Gertrude and Elsie.