Framed photograph of Margaret Mayne in 1958, wearing her debutante dress. Margaret made the dress while a final year student in the Diploma of Needlecraft at Emily McPherson College. She recalls it was 'a classic style of the time' and incorporated 60 yards of tulle. Margaret was awarded her Diploma in 1959 - after completing the requisite one year of industry work following her final year of study. The photograph was taken by 'Shier' - probably the Spencer Shier Chambers, 80 Collins Street. (Spencer Shier himself, a well-known celebrity photographer, passed away in 1946.) Margaret remembers that 'the college had arranged for us all to have our photos taken professionally at a photographic studio at the top of Collins Street'.

Margaret was awarded her Diploma in 1959, after completing the requisite one year of industry work following her final year of study. She had worked at Keith Smith Pty Ltd in Queensberry Street, Carlton, manufacturer of ingerie and nightwear, as a lay planner and cutter. The year 'seemed to drag' for her as she wanted to become a teacher. In 1960 she attended Technical Teachers' College in Toorak, then began her career as a teacher at Preston Technical School. Her long career included teaching at Emily McPherson College, Executive Officer of the Clothing Industry Studies Standing Committee at the Curriculum and Research Branch of the Education Department, and Staff Training and Development Manager at Frankston College of TAFE. She retired in 1992.

In 1953, The Argus newspaper described the Diploma of Needlecraft course that Margaret began three years later: '...the diploma of needlecraft...takes three years. The course gives girls training in designing and cutting, dressmaking, and every branch of needlework. It also includes a basic training in art, and a number of them teach art in schools when they have finished the course...Girls who do diploma courses receive a good all-round education. They must have their intermediate certificate before they start, and must sit for leaving English, and matriculation English expression, as part of the course.' The article noted that 'Now, for the girls whose main interests centre round the home, there are typically feminine jobs which will never be a loss in their future lives.' It added that 'One of the greatest attractions of these careers is that they are not wasted when a girl marries.' (18 June 1953)

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Photograph of young woman in full white dress seated on pink-upholstered chair, with spray of pink flowers in her hand.

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Hand-coloured photograph in a thin metal frame, glazed. The frame is gold with white infill; its back is covered with mottled brown paper. It has a hinged stand. The frame is slightly distorted, with the metal tabs on the back securing the image not bent fully to secure the image and keep it square.

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