Sunday Best


This photo reminds me of going to Sunday School in the Hall while Mum and Dad went to church. I seem to remember stories and colouring in.

I’m not sure at what age it started but girls were expected to wear hats to church. I hated hats. Mum loved hats. She was a milliner and it must have been a terrible disappointment to have three daughters and not one shared her passion for hats.

My brothers wore the obligatory jacket and short pants. Boys didn’t graduate to long pants until they were much, much older. Even most High School boys wore short pants. Their hair was slicked down, possibly with Brylcreem, that’s the only men’s hair product I remember ever being in the house. Dad preferred to just wet a comb and rake that through his hair.

The best thing about going to Sunday School was that it qualified us to attend the Sunday School Picnic held every year at Belair National Park. I remember walking down lots of steps from the station so we must have gone by train at least once. I also remember “accidentally” knocking over my cup of Ginger Beer in the hope of getting a fizzy drink more to my taste.

I think church attire theses days is much more casual.


Author: macmsue

I’m a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and friend. I prefer to be outside and am interested in photography, nature and different cultures. I believe everything on this earth has a right to be here but some things and some people would be happiest if their space was far away from mine. (Flies and biting bugs take note!) I don’t like housework and think dust is Nature’s way of saying, “This is my space, I was here first.”

4 thoughts on “Sunday Best”

  1. I remember having my hair curled on Saturday night and then wearing my best outfit and shoes on Sunday. That being said, my family was poor by any standards and I had school, play, and church clothes and shoes and they were never mixed because there was not money replace them. 🙂

    1. Hi Judy, my sister thinks we were poor but I disagree, I think it was all a question of priorities in our family. I seem to remember we also had shoes for church or parties (often black patent leather), school shoes and Gumboots.Maybe sandshoes too sometimes. When school uniforms were first introduced Mum made me wear one, it was horrible, dark brown and I remember when we lined up in the mornings those in uniform lined up in a special (very, very short) line. I think Mum’s idea was if I wore a uniform everyday that would cut down on clothes.

      1. I wore a school uniform of navy blue jumper, white blouse, and red tie. I remember school shoes were some kind of leather for wear, church shoes were patent leather, and there were Ked tennis shoes for playing. We were financially poor, but it certainly gave me a base for future financial concerns. Never once have I worried about standing in line or camping on a sidewalk because my life would be over if I didn’t have the latest and greatest version of a piece of technology. 🙂

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