Purple silk wedding dress, worn by Amelia Christina Karolina Simon on her marriage to Charles H. Ferdinand Klopper (Ferdinand Heinrich C. Klopper) on 26 February 1878 at Rosenthal Heights, Barossa, South Australia.

The dress was donated with a photograph of the bride and groom (SH 892636) that identifies them as Charles and Amelia Klopper.

Charles Klopper was born on 8 December 1851 at Hope Valley, South Australia, son of German immigrants Heinrich Friedrich Klopper and Caroline Wetzel; Amelia Simon was born in 1855, also in South Australia, daughter of German immigrants Joachim Christopher Ludwig Simon and Anna Haeusler. They were to have 14 children. Their first daughter, Ida, was born in South Perth in 1879. Their next child, a son, Alfred, was born in South Australia, and died at 11 months, in 1881, announced in the South Australian Register: 'KLOPPER.- On the 4th May, at Napperby, of deptethic croup, Alfred Charles, dearly beloved and only son of Charles H. F. and Amelia C. Klopper, aged 11 months. Safe in the arms of Jesus.' Three of their other children also died as young children; another son, Louis Alfred Klopper, served with the 10th Light Horse Regiment during World War I (service no. 150) and was killed at Gallipoli on 7 August 1915. Another son, Henry Ferdinand, served with the 16th Battalion (service no. 332) and became a lieutenant. He served in Gallipoli and France, was shot in the knee, was awarded the Military Cross, and returned to Australia in 1919.

Charles Klopper died in 1932, aged about 81, at Bridgetown, Western Australia.

Physical Description

Purple silk, long sleeved dress. Front opening to below waist from round neck finished with a band with metal hood and eye closure. 16 other metal hooks with 13 eyelets and five worked bars of purple silk thread. Front bodice has two darts either side of opening and small fob pocket on LHS below waist (formerly black silk satin, now clearly worn away). Long straight sleeves ending in three ruffles with black silk satin half cuff with buttoned revere above. Piping at armhold. Skirt has assymetrical (2) bands edged with piping slanting towards LHS. At lower edge of skirt two silk ruffles follow a chevron shape which is emphasised by a black satin ribbon band above. The piped band have black lace attached at lower edge which continue round to back central train panel. Piped bands lace and ruffles then fall symmetrically to train. Cord train carrying loops on lower LHS and RHS. Seam and silk ruffled - piped pocket at right hip. Bands of piping from bodice continue to form panels of train.

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