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  1. Topaz Silk Brocade Dress
    1845 - 1850

    Walcha and District Historical Society

    It is not possible to find the original wearer or wearers of this dress. It is significant both because of the exceptional quality of the fabric, and its excellent condition despite being at least 150 years old. It is also an example of the large 'bell-shaped' skirts fashionable from 1840-1865. After Miss Jean Crawford died (1892-1978), this garment was donated to the Walcha Historical Society by her niece in Armidale, NSW, in 1979. Jean was born at "Yarooga", Walcha Road, NSW and in later ... more

  2. 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

  3. Florence Austral red & black blouse
    1920 - 1930

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    "The Waters of the Rhine seem to mount high, and over all rides the triumphant voice of Florence Austral as Brunnhilde. Her singing can justly be called queenly. Even after hearing the glorious singing of Frida Leider on other records, Austral's triumphant voice remains in the mind." -Neville Cardus, Manchester Guardian, 1928. Florence Austral was a prominent figure in the opera world in the early 20th Century.  It was in 1914 that Austral won first place in two voice catagories ... more

  4. Australian Women's Land Army Winter Dress uniform
    1944

    Griffith War Memorial Museum

    This Australian Women's Land Army uniform represents a section of society that performed an incredibly important role in the war effort by maintaining the food supply for the armed forces in Australia and overseas and the general population on the home front. It also assists telling the personal story of Peggy Williams and the impact and reality of war on one of many thousands of Australian families at the time. Known as the '<em>Land Girls'</em>, the Land Army women were ... more

  5. Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) Uniform worn by Ena Wilson
    1942

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This Women&rsquo;s Australian Auxiliary Air Force (WAAAF) uniform consisting of a navy blue woollen serge dress jacket and skirt, was worn by Ena Maude Wilson from &ldquo;Willesbro&rdquo; Rollands Plains, who served as a Motor Transport Driver at Richmond Air Force base in Sydney from September 1942 to November 1945. Ena was one of thirty women who resided in the Hastings area at the time of their enlistment in the services during World War II.&nbsp; Ena and eight (8) of these ... more

  6. Ruth Allbon Wedding Dress
    1945

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

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

  7. Len Forsythe Boat Cloak
    1900

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

    This British Royal Navy Officer's boat cloak dates from&nbsp;c.1900-1939.&nbsp;It is made from fine, worsted, British&nbsp;wool, is hip length and has seams at the sides.&nbsp;We know that the garment was not Australian, as the word&nbsp;'AUSTRALIA' would be printed on the lower edge of the buttons if that were the case.&nbsp;Boat cloaks were&nbsp;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

  8. Evi's special occasion dress
    1980

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    West Australian, Evi Ferrier, is a well known Australian artist specialising in mosaic artwork. Evi&rsquo;s special occasion dress brings aesthetic brilliance together with social and economic awareness in a time of boom in the State of Western Australia. In the late 1970s Evi led a busy life as the wife of a Family Court Judge and mother. Through their daughters, she met Lyn Hughes, who imported top quality special occasion clothing from India. At this time, Melbourne artist, Bronwyn Baillieu, ... more

  9. Toddler's smocked dress "Triple Ripple"
    1992

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    This smocked dress, known as a baby dress bishop top, was based on a pattern by Margaret Herzfeld in the 1990s&nbsp;for the "Australian Smocking and Embroidery" magazine and for smocking lessons.&nbsp;The name 'bishop top' comes from the clerical surplice, a roomy gown with a gathered neckline. It is an easy garment for a child to wear, because it is loose fitting and allowing for growth.&nbsp;Through her teaching and publications, Margaret helped to keep the old skills alive, adapted them, and ... more

  10. Boy's special occasion suit
    1900 - 1904

    Campbelltown & Airds Historical Society

    Keith Miller's special ocasion suit is of interest because it represents a style of clothing worn by middle class boys for important events at the turn of the twentieth century. It also provides insight into the shopping practices of rural Australian residents during this time. The blue and cream velvet suit with breeches and sailor style collar was manufacturred by "Victoria House Clothing Company", representing the relatively new trend for stores to merchandise ready-made clothing. Department stores such Farmers in ... more

  11. 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&rsquo; origin is indeterminate), and whilst it is in poor condition, it&rsquo;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

  12. 1910s Emily McDonald net dress
    1910 - 1915

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    This well provenanced, historically and aesthetically significant full-length white bobbinet dress is a rare example of a wartime special occasion dress. Entirely handmade with cotton bobbinet and cotton organdy, it is a fine demonstration of John Heathcote's bobbinet machine, patented in 1809, which enabled fine net to be easily produced in wide widths for dresses, which could be hand-embroidered to achieve individual and attractive effects. Net dresses were worn with underdresses of plain silk in white or in a matching ... more