Tea towels offer glimpse of history

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 05:00 21/04/2014
julie greig
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ
PARTY TIME: Accommodation and gallery owner Julie Greig holds up one of the tea towels for sale at the St Patrick's church at Burkes Pass.

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A tea towel invitation to a spinsters' ball is on sale at the St Patrick's Church in Burkes Pass in a bid to raise money for the church.

Burkes Pass accommodation and gallery owner Julie Greig possesses the tea towel and loves the idea behind it.

"The tea towel is a copy of an invitation to a Burkes pass Spinsters Ball. It requests the pleasure of the person invited to a ball to be held in a school room.

"It is so different and such a great gift and it helps raise funds for the church," Greig said.

The tea towel invitation is the only known relic of this highlight of past social conventions.

According to information given with the tea towel it has been reproduced by special permission from the national archives.

It goes on to say that it was a regular social highlight in the late 1800s.

"It attracted lots of unmarried women," Greig said.

It also attracted large numbers of men, families and keen observers. It is a replica of an invitation held on June 2, 1980.

The tea towel invitations are on sale at the St Patrick's Church for $20 or email jbatch@clear.net.nz

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- The Timaru Herald

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