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  1. Summer evening gown
    1940 - 1945

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

     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

  2. 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

  3. Small black lace cape
    1895 - 1905

    Private collectors

    This cape is of historic significance to Orange. It is hand made from machine and chemical lace. It is in as new condition. Of interest is the fact that the cape has been constructed from one piece of fabric which has been darted and pleated to give it its shape. After Daisy passed away in 1923, the cape was passed into the keeping of Shirley Duckworth's family - both families being friends. It was made for and worn by Daisy ... more

  4. 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

  5. Cocktail dress made by Barbara Cottee
    1951

    Private collectors

    This dress was made by Barbara Cottee (born 29 September 1931) in Sydney in 1951. It was made to complete the requirements of a 3-year dressmaking course at East Sydney Technical College.  Barbara Cottee wore the dress twice. Once to a friend’s wedding in Ashfield in Sydney in 1951 and a year later for a studio photograph in Orange, NSW.  The significance of the dress lies in its  Parisian post-war design and its interesting Australian provenance. Its documentation reveals aspects ... more

  6. Black silk evening dress
    1920 - 1929

    Private collectors

    This sleeveless, black silk sheath evening gown, with asymmetrical beading, flared skirt and scalloped hem belonged to Wendy Hucker (nee O’Donnell)’s mother Hylda Maria Sophia Australia Adelskold, and was presumably worn in the 1920s or early 30s. Hylda, born Melbourne, Victoria, 1887, one of seven children. She married Charles Joseph O’Donnell, a farmer, and bore nine children- Gustaf, Joan, Claes, John, Charles, Esther, Peter, Paul and Wendy. “Hylda and Charlie [as he was affectionately known] were real people, of whom ... more

  7. Ruth Allbon Wedding Dress
    1945

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

    Ruth Eason Pontifex Shorthouse and Signalman Charles Joseph Malden Allbon married in St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Chatswood, New South Wales, 5th May 1945. They met during the Second World War when both worked at Railway House in Sydney. When Charles went to New Guinea in 1943, they continued to correspond and became engaged by mail. Charles sent the money to Ruth for the engagement ring while still on active service in New Guinea. Charles and Ruth moved to Goulburn in 1958. Charles was Stores Manager for ... more

  8. Len Forsythe Boat Cloak
    1900

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

    This British Royal Navy Officer's boat cloak dates from c.1900-1939. It is made from fine, worsted, British wool, is hip length and has seams at the sides. We know that the garment was not Australian, as the word 'AUSTRALIA' would be printed on the lower edge of the buttons if that were the case. Boat cloaks were an optional item of dress for navy personnel, worn mainly over full dress, ball dress or mess dress for additional warmth when travelling in an open ship's boat/gig/barge, either between ... more

  9. Dawn Waterhouse's Ball Gown
    1954

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    This ballgown, sewn from red satin and tulle and trimmed in white silk, was worn by Dawn Waterhouse to the State Ball in honour of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. The gown forms part of the Calthorpe House Collection, itself historically signficant. Not only does the house document fifty years of continuous occupation by the Calthorpe family, but is a relatively intact example of Australian domestic architecture and interior design originating from the 1920s. Its contents, funishings and gardens represent ... more

  10. 1870s House of Worth evening dress
    1870 - 1879

    Grossmann House - National Trust of NSW

    This alleged House of Worth evening dress, an aqua taffeta dress, heavily hand-embroidered in cream and multi-coloured medallions and pearl-trimmed, and owned and worn by Anna Maria Eales, is a historically significant item of clothing. Whilst it is not well provenanced (the dress’ origin is indeterminate), and whilst it is in poor condition, it’s the subject of an interesting narrative, and characteristic of the profusely and exaggeratedly decorated House of Worth dresses of its time. Historically, the dress is an ... more

  11. Merle Hadley's Black Dress
    1954 - 1964

    Canowindra Historical Museum

    <strong>PROVENANCE: BLACK DRESS AND JACKET &ndash; ENID MERLE HADLEY.</strong> Enid Merle Hadley (known as &ldquo;Merle&rdquo;) lived in Canowindra from 1968 to 1971. Her husband, James (&ldquo;Jim&rdquo;) Hadley, was manager of the then Rural Bank of New South Wales in Gaskill Street. The manager&rsquo;s residence was above and behind the banking chamber. They led a very busy life, actively participating in many local organizations and functions. Merle and Jim married in Sydney on 23rd September 1944 when Jim was able to ... more

  12. Evening dress made by David Jones Limited
    1920 - 1926

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Born in Noumea, New Caledonia, in 1900, May Camille Dezarnaulds migrated to Sydney with her family in 1912 and lived in the harbour-side suburb of Double Bay until 1923 when she married the Hon. G.R.W. McDonald, local member for Bungara New South Wales. She purchased this custom-made dress from David Jones, probably to wear as her 'going-away' outfit when departing for her honeymoon. The garment would have been selected from a David Jones catalogue featuring a list and price of ... more