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2008/122/1 Apron, cotton, maker unknown, worn by Gwen Plumb as Ada Simmonds in the television series 'The Young Doctors', Australia, 1976-1983. Click to enlarge.

Ada Simmonds apron from TV series ‘The Young Doctors’

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1976-1983.

This apron has significance in relation to the acting career of Gwen Plumb and the rise of Australian TV soaps in the 1970s, exemplified by Grundy’s ‘The Young Doctors’. In this series, Plumb played the apron-wearing character Ada Simmonds, perhaps her most famous role.

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Summary

Object No.

2008/122/1

Object Statement

Apron, cotton, maker unknown, worn by Gwen Plumb as Ada Simmonds in the television series 'The Young Doctors', Australia, 1976-1983

Physical Description

Apron, cotton, maker unknown, worn by Gwen Plumb in the television series 'The Young Doctors', Australia, 1976-1983

A sleeveless smock-style women's apron made in greyish green cotton with a fine white floral pattern. The apron has two large pockets at the front and is finished with a white bias binding trim. There are two white ties at the back of neck and two larger ties at the back of the waist.

Marks

Small white tag attached with the text 'All cotton 30'.

Dimensions

Height

659 mm

Width

450 mm

Production

Notes

The apron was made by one of the viewers of 'The Young Doctors' and sent into the show for Gwen Plumb to wear.

Made

Australia, Oceania 1976-1983

History

Notes

When Gwen Plumb was playing the role of Ada Simmonds, the apron-wearing kiosk attendant in TV's 'The Young Doctors', viewers would regularly send in aprons for her to wear. This is one such apron, and Gwen Plumb wore it on the show. When 'The Young Doctors' came to an end, she kept this and two other aprons and later gave them to Darren Gray, an Australian who represents and manages Australian soap stars in the UK. Mr Gray lent this apron to the Powerhouse Museum for display as a prop in the exhibition 'On the Box: Great Moments in Australian Television'. He subsequently donated it to the Museum.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Darren Gray, 2008

Acquisition Date

12 June 2008

Cite this Object

Harvard

Ada Simmonds apron from TV series 'The Young Doctors' 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 June 2019, <https://ma.as/355457>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/355457 |title=Ada Simmonds apron from TV series 'The Young Doctors' |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=16 June 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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