Teneille and Andrew Rugendyke with the gown, booties, bonnet and blanket.
Teneille and Andrew Rugendyke with the gown, booties, bonnet and blanket. Lindsey Jackson

Second christening gown surfaces

IT WAS almost a happy ending for Michelle Watson earlier this week, after Teneille and Andrew Rugendyke rang Central Queensland News with news they found a christening gown during the floods.

The story of Michelle’s missing gown was published in Wednesday’s Central Queensland News, but unfortunately the gown the Rugendykes found was a different one.

Teneille and Andrew found the gown, blanket, booties and bonnet during the clean-up around their house after the December-January floods.

While the collection of crocheted items was in pretty bad condition after being found in a pile of mud, Teneille gave them some tender loving care and they came up good as new.

The couple put signs up around the Vicki Cl area the next day with pictures of the items, but no one called to collect them.

“I knew it was something special to someone, because it was beautifully wrapped in blue tissue paper,” she said.

“If it was one of my child’s things I would have been absolutely devastated to lose it.”

Teneille said she would hang on to the goods as long as she could in the hope the owner would call to collect them.

“It was obviously lost in the floods and just floated down here,” she said.

“I just don’t want to get rid of them. Can you really put a timeline on heirlooms?”

If you think the items match the description of a christening gown you might have lost during the floods, contact Central Queensland News on 4980 0814.


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