State Library of NSW
Item 20: Walkabout magazine : New South Wales photographs [Sydney City & Harbour, festivals, Sesquicentenary, housing]1938-1970Three space age mannequins celebrate the modern era on the Electrical float in the "March to Nationhood" pageant along Macquarie Street on Australia Day 1938.
Thelma Afford designed more than 1000 costumes worn in the parade. Jean Guthrie, on the left, wore a spectacular 'Spirit of Electricity' costume that received world-wide publicity and admirers including one from Italy, who addressed his letter "To the most beautiful young lady of Sydney". The float received a second outing two months later, when it represented Lithgow in the "Pageant of Commerce and Industry".