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  1. Wedding Dress worn by Christina Winifred Howell
    1935

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This very simple looking dress reflects the bias cut, draped design and cowl neckline made popular in the 1930s by French designer Madeleine Vionnet. The dress was worn by Christina Winifred Nourse, known as Win [1905-1996] for her marriage to Ronald Howell [1910-2005] on 5 September 1935 at Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle, NSW. During the 1930s and particularly following the Great Depression 1930-1934, women's clothing began to be mass-produced. Large department stores such as Grace Brothers, Myer and Georges rapidly expanded ... more

  2. Bikini and beach jacket worn by Maureen Cooke
    1944

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This outfit is the oldest in Maureen Cooke's extensive private collection, most of which records in detail her career as a fashion designer and seamstress during the 1950s to 1970s. This beach outfit made in 1944 by Maureen at the age of fourteen is all that remains of her earlier work. It shows that even then Maureen was destined to bigger and better things in the fashion world. It is bold and makes a statement. Wearing a two-piece swimsuit on ... more

  3. Ah Bong's silk shirt
    1915 - 1925

    Albury Library Museum

    A pale blue grey silk Chinese shirt with detachable collar belonging to Mr. Ah Bong, a Chinese man employed by S.M. Abikhair as a hawker to travel around the Albury district selling haberdashery to farms and communities during the early 1920s. It is beautifully made of fine quality silk, and characteristic in style and manufacture of a long tradition of Chinese dress. The story of this garment is significant in the history of Albury. It represents two groups of immigrants ... more

  4. Dressing gown worn by Mrs Hazel McRae
    1938

    Newcastle Museum

    This garment is a charming example of a homemade knitted dressing gown, which, in its colour and fabric is evocative of the interwar period. Although a woollen knitted garment does not immediately call to mind the romance associated with a honeymoon, the flowing lines and vibrancy of the blue Jacquard silk lining perfectly balances practicality (being created between the Great Depression and World War II) and femininity. Hazel was 32 years of age when she married, and her husband 48, ... more

  5. Avocado green silk ensemble
    1890

    Temora Rural Museum

    This avocado green ensemble is a treasured heirloom of the Donaldson Family.  This garment was made for Isabella Donaldson (nee Leaf) to wear to her brother’s wedding in 1890.  The long leg-of-mutton sleeves and straight, full-length A-line skirt are indicative of women’s fashion throughout the 1890’s suggesting that Isabella Donaldson kept well-informed of the latest fashion trends given the dress’ manufacture for a wedding in February of 1890.  This garment is a fine example of the dressmaking service that was ... more

  6. Ute Bierbaumer's lederhosen
    1940 - 1945

    Albury Library Museum

    These lederhosen were owned and worn by Ute Bierbaumer during her stay at the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre. She and her family arrived at Bonegilla in the 1950s and stayed for several years. The lederhosen are part of the Bonegilla Collection, a significant collection of over 1,400 pieces held at the Albury Library Museum. Costume plays a major role in the Bonegilla Collection and over several years many examples of costume have been donated by those people who ... more

  7. Ellen Sharam's Olive Green Skirt
    1878 - 1900

    Griffith Pioneer Park Museum

    This bustle-style skirt was made and worn in the late 1870s by Ellen Eleanore Sharam, nee Wennerbom.  With its deep flounce and black, beaded braid, the skirt is a fine example of the elegance of the era and the importance of decoration on clothing, even for day wear. Born in Penola, South Australia in 1861, Ellen was the second child of Alison and Charles Wennerbom.  Her father had emigrated from Sweden, and her mother from Paisley in Scotland. As a ... more

  8. Violet Armstrong's Life Saving Club Swimsuit
    1930 - 1945

    Manly Art Gallery & Museum

    This one piece costume belonged to Violet Smith (nee Armstrong) who during the 1920s and 1930s established herself as a champion athlete in swimming, hockey, golf, tennis, athletics and riding in Sydney. During her life Violet had a lifelong association with the Manly area and in particular the Manly Life Saving Club, where this swimsuit originates. This swimming costume is an original Manly Life Saving Club silk racing swimsuit from the 1930s. Manly Life Saving Club was established after a ... more

  9. Two-piece Royal blue Silk Gown
    1890 - 1900

    Museum of the Riverina

    Historic Significance This gown is known to have been worn by Mrs Basil Bennett at the Murrumbidgee Pastoral & Agricultural Association Show in Wagga Wagga, most probably during the 1890s. It is one of the few pieces of 19th century costume within the Museum's collection which is provenanced to an individual, and associated with a particular local event. It is also unique as a feminine artefact which relates to the social aspect of the Wagga Show, which was often the ... more

  10. Two-piece wedding dress worn by Martha Bolton
    1874

    Museum of the Riverina

    Historic Significance Martha Devlin's wedding dress provides an indication of the type of wedding dresses worn by regional women of Martha's social standing in 1874. Unfortunately, little is known of Martha herself, with more having been recorded in the historical record about her husband. Alexander Thorley Bolton was a Stock & Station Agent in Forbes, and later Wagga Wagga. He was an Alderman in 1875 and Mayor in 1882 and 1883. Alexander was elected to the State Parliament as the ... more

  11. Jimmy Sharman's Dressing Gown
    1911

    Temora Rural Museum

    <em>&ldquo;Who&rsquo;ll take a glove? Who&rsquo;ll take a glove? You&rsquo;re a pretty hefty-looking customer.&nbsp; What about coming inside? Bowl my man over in three pounds and I&rsquo;ll give you a &ldquo;fiver&rdquo;.&nbsp; If my man cannot stop you in three I&rsquo;ll give you two pounds!&rdquo;</em> This dressing gown belonged to the nationally acclaimed boxing legend and showman Jimmy Sharman.&nbsp; Born in Narellan in 1887, Jimmy Sharman developed a passion for boxing at a young age having been a frequent spectator at country ... more

  12. Royal blue Gown and matching Jacket
    1877 - 1880

    Museum of the Riverina

    Historic Significance Alexander Davidson (Senior), a Scot, and his family arrived at Bullenbong in 1843, at a time when the village of Wagga Wagga had not yet been established. The Davidsons were contemporaries of William Walker &amp; Co. (established Kyeamba c. 1836), the Nixon family (Gregadoo, 1844), John Peter (Gumly Gumly, c. 1840s) and the Best family (Robert Holt Best, Wagga Wagga Run). Unfortunately, it is at present unknown which Mrs Davidson wore this gown. It may have been Marion ... more

  13. Twenties Formal Evening Dress
    1920 - 1930

    Private collectors

    Historic and aesthetic. It is a lovely example of a formal garment worn in the 1920's, requiring considerable dressmaking skills to design and complete. It is a very good example of a roaring twenties dress, few of which survive because of the sheerness of the fabric used and the heavy weights of the beads. more

  14. Max Humfress V's swimming costume
    1906 - 1916

    Manly Art Gallery & Museum

    This very rare example of a young boy's homemade V's dates to around 1911. The images of 3 year old Max Humfress wearing them add tremendous interest and value to this garment. The provenance is enhanced by the appliqued letters 'MH' on the front. They are the only child's 'V's' and one of the earliest 'V's'- in the Manly Museum and Art Gallery collection. 'V's' are cotton, roughly made, V-shaped costumes for men from the 1920s-30s that covered the lower ... more

  15. Regimental Jacket worn by Dr. John Vaughan Thompson
    1830 - 1836

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This regimental dress jacket is significant for its association with the NSW penal colony and with the Sydney convict hospital, also known as the &lsquo;Rum&rsquo; hospital in particular. The jacket belonged to Dr John Vaughan Thompson of the Royal Army Medical Corps, a medical doctor and zoologist who migrated to New South Wales in 1836 to serve as the first&nbsp;Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals at the Sydney penal settlement following a reorganisation of medical services.&nbsp;&nbsp; Convict hospitals were established at ... more

  16. Summer evening gown
    1940 - 1945

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    &nbsp;This dress is an excellent example of the re- use of materials in a time of scarcity and hardship. It is believed that the fabric was donated by a textile manufacturing firm, possibly from the Hunter Valley, to the Red Cross. They then decide where best to send their donations and parceled it off to Papua New Guinea, to the Australian Army Nurses working there. Unfortunately am unable to find out the name and position of their station. It was ... more

  17. Boy's black velveteen suit
    1928 - 1930

    Griffith Pioneer Park Museum

    This boy's suit is one of three black velveteen suits made in the 1920s for Ori, Roy and Leo Pastega, the sons of an Italian migrant family. The suits were made by the boys' mother Luigia Pastega. The skills required to produce such garments were attained by Luigia as a young girl in Italy. Many Italian women excelled in such fine work, including the making of clothing, lace, knitting and embroidery. The Pastega's emigrated from northern Italy and settled in ... more

  18. De Bortoli cream silk 1920s wedding dress
    1928 - 1929

    De Bortoli Family

    This cream silk wedding dress was worn by Giuseppina (Pineta) Bisa for her marriage to Vittorio De Bortoli in 1929 at Bilbul, near Griffith, New South Wales. The dress was purchased from a French catalogue when Giuseppina was working as a maid for a wealthy family in Lyon in France, saving for her fare to Australia. After the wedding, Giuseppina altered the dress so it could be worn for evening occasions. She removed the sleeves and lace fringing, storing these ... more

  19. Mans Brown Leather Trench Coat
    1915 - 1925

    National Institute of Dramatic Art

    This classic leather trench coat is typical of those worn by men in the early 20th Century. Trench coats were developed in the first word war to be worn by allied soldiers as a windbreaker and raincoat. They were made of leather or the newly invented cotton gabardine, a tough, tightly woven, water resistant fabric. After the war many veterans kept their trench coats and the style became fashionable with the wider community. This example has the classic features of ... more

  20. Hilda Smith's black silk satin and lace dress
    1908 - 1912

    Griffith Pioneer Park Museum

    This dress is a significant example of a well provenanced stylish dress worn for special occasions by a pioneering woman. This well-made black dress belonged to Hilda Mabel Smith, nee Spencer who was born in Braidwood in 1884. The dress may have been made during a trip to Sydney between 1908 and 1912. Hilda came from a family of pioneering horsemen of the Snowy Mountains river region and married Neil Smith in April 1914. Hilda and Neil spent several years ... more

  21. Boy's smock
    1891 - 1893

    Dungog Historical Society Inc

    The Edwards family have had a long association with the Dungog region. The garment is of historic significance as it is an every day cotton smock of a boy who was born in 1887 and who died in 1893 from diphtheria. It was made by sewing machine with the button holes sewn by hand, probably by his mother, Mary Edwards. The yoke is made from cream material and the collar is lined with cashmere, probably a scrap from another garment. ... more

  22. Man's Chinese informal court robe
    1895

    Australian National Maritime Museum

    This man's Chinese informal court robe, acquired by W. H. Stevens of the Victorian Naval Brigade when he was deployed to China during the Boxer Rebellion, is a fine example of a silk kosu tapestry weave robe. Such dragon robes were worn in China from the 17th to 19th centuries, during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). They were hierarchical garments for male bearers of rank in the Chinese bureaucracy, though were also worn by bridegrooms on their wedding day. Though it ... more

  23. The Press dress worn by Mrs Matilda Butters
    1866 - 1867

    State Library of Victoria

    This dress belonged to Mrs Matilda Butters, second wife of colourful Melbourne politician and businessman James Stewart Butters. It was first worn at the mayor's fancy dress ball in September 1866, held to celebrate the arrival of the new governor of Victoria, Sir J Manners-Sutton. The dress was constructed from panels of silk printed with the front pages of Melbourne newspapers. The panels were sewn together to form a bodice, sash and full-length crinoline skirt with train. The skirt, which ... more

  24. Full dress tail coat and cocked hat worn by Jeremiah Linde Jones, Royal Navy Purser
    1832 - 1853

    Braidwood Museum

    This Royal Navy officer&rsquo;s full dress coat and cocked hat was worn by Jeremiah Linde Jones (c.1796-1866), a ships Purser who settled in the Braidwood area between 1838 and 1845.&nbsp; The design of the uniform is typical of the highly stylised and regulated full dress uniforms of the Royal Navy during the 1800&rsquo;s. The cut, colours and trimmings reveal when it was worn and the officer&rsquo;s rank and branch. The blue/black wool tail coat has a white standing collar and ... more