Wesley Wedding Gown Collection

a unique collection of historical textiles

The Collection of Bridal Dresses and Historical Clothes is housed in a hall behind the historic buildings of the Wesley Church, the Church Hall and the Manse. Couples have been married here since 1863 when the Church Hall was opened, and in 1891 the current church was completed for the growing congregation. The Manse, next door, was built in 1903. These buildings dominate this part of the street, and are of significant value for their fine stonework as well as for being the heart of religious service for the Methodist, now Uniting Church, congregations.


12 Duke Street
Albany WA 6330

Opening Hours

Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am - 11am. Entry cost is a gold coin.

“Aunty Lenny was a lady in the real sense of the word. She was such an elegant, quietly spoken woman, who always looked immaculate” says Judy McKechnie, the Collection’s curator, as she remembers her...

The fashion for wearing a white wedding dress began after Queen Victoria wore a white dress at her wedding to Albert in 1840. However, in the case of this pioneering woman “Mary” who married in the...

The 1981 wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer set a new benchmark in wedding style. Diana’s ivory silk taffeta gown was designed by London designers, David and Elizabeth Emmanuel...

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