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Costume designs for 1936 Centenary events
Title : Costume designs for 1936 Centenary events Costume designs for 1936 Centenary events
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Creator : Afford, Thelma
Source : PRG 689/1
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Date of creation : 1935-1936
Additional Creator : Afford, Max, 1906-1954
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 280 x 175mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Donated by : Thelma Afford
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In 1986 Thelma Afford donated to the Mortlock Library 80 of the original costume designs which she had created for the 1936 South Australian Centenary pageant. Thelma Thomas Afford was a gifted teacher of art and a prolific costume designer, working in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was married to the playwright Max Afford.

In 1936 South Australia celebrated 100 years since the foundation of the state as a British colony, producing histories, plays and exhibitions to mark the achievements of the century. The grand finale of the year's celebrations was the 'Pageant of Progress', held in December.

Thelma Afford was a gifted designer, exploring uses of various media for her costume work, and a recognised authority on the history of costume and theatre in Australia. Her designs for this special event included one depicting South Australia's floral emblem, the Sturt Desert Pea.

Coverage year : 1936
Period : 1927-1939
Further reading :

Flannery, Nancy Robinson. 'Thelma Afford 1908-96, teacher, actor, costume designer, writer', Bibliofile, v. 10, no. 4 (Aug. 2002), p. 14-20

Heritage: the national women's art book edited by Joan Kerr. [Sydney?], Art and Australia, 1995, p. 301

Thomas, Thelma. '1836, the romantic period', Glenelg centenary commemoration day, 1836-1936: official souvenir booklet and programme, Glenelg, S. Aust., The Committee, 1936. p. 12, p. [43]

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