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From the Archives

We are very fortunate to have alumnae who not only donate photos, uniforms and memorabilia to our archives, but also recollections of their time at Siena. They bring depth and life to our official records.

Recently, Barbara Dowling, née Robertson (Class of 1962) described her time at Siena College. We were very excited to receive her reminiscences, especially the paragraph below which describes the sports uniform of her era. We would love to have this uniform, or even a colour photo of it, in our collection.

'Our sports tunics were made of butter yellow Cesarine, the same material as the pinafores and therefore almost indestructible.  They were of the same design as the winter tunics with three box pleats fore and aft.  We had to kneel down and the hem had to touch the ground. Travelling to school on tram or train they crushed badly unless you could arrange the pleats oh so carefully before sitting down otherwise they ballooned out at the back and looked terrible - so the best plan was to stand up all the way!'

The Mooring sisters, c1958: Dr Rose Marie Prosser (Class of 1961), Ann Leonard (Class of 1967) and Judith Netting (Class of 1960). Rose Marie and Judith are wearning the sports tunic. 

Maria Ang and Maureen McAuley
College Archivists

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