Have you seen this gown?
Have you seen this gown?

Family searching for lost gown

AN ex-Emerald resident recently made a startling discovery that made her heart sink.

During the traumatic December-January flood period, Michelle Watson lost a christening gown that had been in her family for almost 50 years.

Michelle discovered the loss after moving into her new Glenden home at the end of February.

“It’s a family heirloom that has been worn by numerous children. I can count at least seven,” Michelle said.

Michelle remembered seeing a sign at the corner of Park Ave and Borilla St advertising a found christening gown around the time she now believed she lost it.

“I took no notice of it at the time, I did not even know my husband had brought the gown up with him after his last trip to my mother-in-law’s,” Michelle said.

“It was a very traumatic time, our Nan had just died, we were working long hours and it just somehow must have been misplaced.

“I only just discovered it was lost the other day, when I realised my husband had brought it up with him in the truck after his last visit.

“We think somebody must have found it around the time and made the effort to return it but could not get hold of us.

“I remember seeing the sign and now just wish I had realised... ”

Michelle said her husband’s grandmother handcrafted the gown almost five decades ago.

“It would be an absolute shame if we never saw it again and the future children and grandchildren were unable to wear it,” Michelle said.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Central Queensland News on 4980 0800 or to visit the office on Egerton St, Emerald.


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