Horseshoe wedding charm with ribbons : Mrs Irene Simper
|Title||Horseshoe wedding charm with ribbons : Mrs Irene Simper|
|Place made||Australia: South Australia|
|Date made||December 1941|
|Physical description||Cardboard; Satin; Wax; Cotton|
Cardboard horseshoe wrapped in white satin ribbon. The charm is designed to be worn hanging from the arm by a length of white satin ribbon attached to either end of the shoe with a bow. The bottom of the shoe is decorated with a spray of satin ribbon flowers with green ribbon leaves and wax buds.
Good luck charm worn by Irene Simper on her wedding day. Irene met Sergeant Colin Douglas Simper at a dance held at Semaphore Beach, Adelaide on 13 April 1941. Simper, from Clarendon in Adelaide, was a blacksmith's striker by trade and had been serving with the 43/48 Battalion (a Militia unit) since May 1937 but transferred to the AIF at the outbreak of war. Before his posting to North Queensland with 2/43 Battalion, Irene and Colin were married at short notice at her family home in Blackwood on 12 December 1941. A two day honeymoon was granted to the newlyweds, on the condition Colin remain near a telephone. Colin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 23 October 1943 and was transferred to the 2/48 Bn in August 1944. In late April 1945 he embarked for service on Tarakan and was severely wounded on 7 June. He died of his wounds two days later and was buried at the Tarakan War Cemetery. He left behind his wife and two small children, Eleanor born in August 1943 and Douglas born December 1944.