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Mrs. Tilley's Tea Party
Lady Alice Tilley / Rachel Belyea / Gertrude Carpenter / Augusta Slipp

Lady Alice Tilley

Lady Alice Tilley

At the top of Mrs. Tilley's tea party guest list was her daughter-in-law, Lady Alice Tilley and wife of Sir Leonard Tilley. Alice Starr Chipman was born in 1845 at St. Stephen, the eldest daughter of Zachariah Chipman, a ship owner and merchant, and his wife Mary Eliza DeWolfe. On 20 October 1867 Alice married Samuel Leonard Tilley as his second wife. By that time Tilley had solidified his place in history as a Father of Confederation and prominent politician. Tilley would go on to serve in several federal cabinent posts and was twice appointed Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. Tilley was knighted in 1879, conferring the honourary title of Lady on his wife, Alice.

A generation younger than her husband and not content to be the typical politician's wife of the 19th century, Lady Alice Tilley involved herself in a variety of social causes to improve lives for those less fortunate than herself. The Victoria Hospital in Fredericton was built with her patronage, along with nurses homes, reformatories and schools for wayward boys and a seaman's mission. She was also active in the Red Cross during the Boer War and World War I.

Lady Alice had two children with Sir Leonard: Herbert and Leonard Percy DeWolfe. After Sir Leonard Tilley's death in 1896, Lady Tilley continued to reside in their elegant mansion on Germain Street, Saint John, and summering at her cottage in St. Andrews. Lady Tilley died 25 May 1921 at the age of 76.

Lady Alice Tilley
Lady Alice Tilley This dress was made about 1880 by Russell & Allen, Bond Street, London. Russell & Allen were well known royal court couturiers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The dress is a pale green silk ball gown that fits the prevailing style of the time with a moderate bustle, elaborate draping of varying fabrics, ecru lace accents and a ruffled lace train. The heavy velvet brocade of the skirt front with its rose decoration is a very expensive material, illustrating the wealth and social position of Lady Alice.

 

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