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  1. Tom Carlton's riding silks
    1915 - 1925

    Dungog Historical Society Inc

    These silks are a fine, well-provenanced example of attire worn for competitive horse-riding in the 1920s. They are a vibrant fuschia and bone colour and feature horizontal banded stripes, covered buttons, a high mandarin collar and a draw-string waist. They were worn by Thomas (Tom) Carlton for the high jumping of horses in the Dungog region of New South Wales. Competitive horse high jumping was popular in Australia and much of the developed world in the 1920s and 1930s. In Australia, ... more

  2. Men's underpants made from tram destination roll fabric
    1940 - 1945

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    Historic significance: The garment was produced during a time of austerity and frugality. World War II had brought about rationing on a national level on all commodities, from soap to building materials. Ration books and coupon books were the only way to purchase goods and materials, including fabrics for dressmaking, so women looked to other clever ways of making up for the shortfalls in their household requirements. This woman and possibly the other wives of the men working at the ... more

  3. 2 Piece beige silk ensemble
    1878 - 1890

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress is a fine example of formal clothing worn at the end of the 19th century. Although the dress may have been initially made for a wedding it has been subsequently reworn for many an occasion. It has also been altered significantly to fit a larger lady evidenced not only by the waist extension but by the movement of the shoulder seams. It has also seen a change in fashion where some of the ties that may have supported ... more

  4. Woman's dress
    1864 - 1866

    Illawarra Historical Society

    Owned and used in Tasmania by the family of Deslie Welsch of Mount Ousley and was donated to the Illawarra Museum when the family home was being cleared. It has evidence of alterations and use as fancy dress costume. more

  5. Barn's Family dress
    1825 - 1830

    Illawarra Historical Society

    This is an important and charming printed cotton dress that was worn by a female member of the Barnes family from Lancashire, England. The family believed the dress was worn to Queen Victoria's coronation procession in 1837. The dress, however, dates earlier than this and is likely to have been the woman's best dress from about 1825-1830. The dress was no doubt considered special to be worn for such an occasion. It appears to have been made by an accomplished ... more

  6. Porter Family wedding gown
    1855 - 1883

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    The dress is made of Silk Taffeta in a plum blue colour that changes when the light hits the material or as you move around the room. The dress was the "best" dress of the owner and not necessarily a wedding dress. The dress was worn for a second time by the daughter of the original owner and would have sentimental value for her because her Mother had previously passed away. A parasol was made for the wedding of the ... more

  7. Wedding outfit
    1877

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    A stylish outfit with aesthetic appeal. This dress has been cut to fit the shape of the body really well. It is not a wedding dress as such, but a "best" dress worn for church or shopping in town and not an every day dress. Historical and social significance because of its association with a well-known and respected family. It is rare and unique, an important family heirloom. There is a family connection with our other wedding dress submitted to ... more

  8. Uniform of Honorary Major George Bagot Stack (V.D.)
    1890 - 1900

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    This uniform is in very good condition and complete with tunic, jacket and vest. It is the uniform of the Second Regiment New South Wales Volunteer Infantry. Captain George Bagot Stack retired from the Infantry on 16th January 1894 and was made an Honorary Major receiving a Volunteer Officer's Decoration. (V.D.) The uniform was made by David Jones and Co. Tailors and Habit Makers Sydney. A great deal of information is known about Captain George Bagot Stack and his time ... more

  9. John Joseph Reilly's wedding suit
    1909

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    These garments have historic, social and aesthetic significance, and are representative of men's formal clothing early in the 20th century. Their ownership by the Reilly family relates to Quirindi's commercial history. The Reilleys mens wear store in Quirindi is third generation Reilley and is the grandson of the owner of the wedding suit. This store celebrates it`s 100th anniversary in 2011. The main frabric of this suit is wool. The linings of the two waistcoats are cream cotton and the ... more

  10. Blacker Twins' purple blouses
    1905 - 1912

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    Historic, aesthetic and social significance because of the rarity of a pair of garments worn by twins. The different trimmings on the blouses indicates that the women were conscious of a need to tell them apart. They are associated with a family with a long connection with the Quirindi district with descendants who are still in the Quirindi community. These attractive blouses were for fashionable occasions. The embroidered floral trim shows it was for special occasions and not for every ... more

  11. Christening gown with shawl and bonnet
    1892

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    This outfit is significant in several categories - historic, aesthetic, social and spiritual: also its rarity and association with prominent Quirindi families. Much handwork has gone into the production of this set of garments, for a special family event, a religious ceremony and an occasion for family celebration. This beautifully embroidered christening gown, with shawl and bonnet is believed to be the christening robe of Mary Elizabeth Cobbett. Mary was born at Balmoral, New South Wales on November 24th 1892, ... more

  12. Kerr family wedding dress circa 1885
    1885

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress is an important symbol of wedding ceremonies in the Manning Valley in the latter part of the 19th century. The quality of the dress is indicative of the importance placed on the ceremony and the social status of the families concerned. more