Family following in passion for fashion

By Patricia Coats

KELLY Wurburton found it easy to decide on a fashion parade when choosing her fundraising activities as a Miss Bundy Thunder entrant.

Her great aunt, the late Bundaberg fashion icon Ruby Hassam, used to hold fashion parades to raise money for charities, so Miss Wurburton decided it was time for the collection to have another outing.

Yesterday's fashion parade at Western Suburbs Leagues Club was the first time the clothing had been on show since Mrs Hassam's death earlier this year.

"I joined the Bundy Thunder quest to raise money for leukaemia, because my best friend had leukaemia when we were kids," Miss Wurburton said.

"My aunt Ruby did lots of fundraising.

"I thought it would be nice to do a fundraiser in her memory."

Mrs Hassam's niece, Joanne Wurburton said her aunt kept almost everything she brought from when she married in 1943.

"She was a real fashion icon," Mrs Wurburton said.

"People looked to her for advice on what to wear."

Mrs Hassam's daughter-in-law Julie Hassam said the family had not decided what to do with the collection, which includes 400 dresses, and more than 100 hats, shoes and bags.

She said no one in Bundaberg was interested in purchasing it, but they were talking with a possible buyer in Brisbane.



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