Baptism Gown (Material Memory)

Year: 1933

Origin: Liverpool

Donated By: Joanne Hoole

This baptism gown was made in 1933 for Joanne’s grandmother’s first child, Mary, by her aunt, Sister  May, a nun who lived at the Notre Dame Convent in Liverpool. The fabric was pieced together from offcuts and scraps from the ministry. 

This cherished gown saw use beyond Mary, being worn by her eight siblings and various family members over the years. Joanne herself  was baptised in it, and her own children followed suit, making a total  of 33 children baptised in this special heirloom, carrying forward its significance through generations.

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