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  1. Estonian child's National Costume
    1939 - 1945

    The Oaks Historical Society

    This costume is representative of a traditional Estonian folk dress from Tallinn. It is particularly significant though as it was re-created under extraordinary circumstances: during the second world war by an Estonian inmate of a displaced persons camp in Geislingen, Germany. The intricate method of reconstructing the skirt by sewing repurposed threads onto a backing made out of linen flour bags, as well as using leftover flour bags to alter the shirt, demonstrates how the mentality of 'making do' pervaded ... more

  2. Bikini and beach jacket worn by Maureen Cooke

    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 ... more

  3. School of the Air Sports Jacket
    1957 - 1981

    School of the Air

    The first School of the Air Broken Hill uniform was adopted in 1957, during the school's second year of operation. The adoption of a uniform is significant in that it demonstrates the strong desire of the students to belong together; to be a part of a community that is uniquely for and about them. In establishing the school, with its many unique challenges, every ground breaking step forward was the result of combined efforts from departmental and school staff ... more

  4. Ecclesiastical vestment
    1930 - 1940

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    Little is know of the provenance of this particular garment other than where it was found after the 1955 Maitland Flood, once of the worst natural disasters in Australia in the 20th Century. The object itself shows some signs that it may have been made during a time of want by resourceful local women who sewed for the church. Traditionally eccesiastical dress would be made by an specialist Eccesiastical tailor  most probably in a major city. It is difficult to ... more

  5. Lowe's Suit

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Part of a donation of three pinstriped wool business suits dating from 1950. Two are labelled Lowes Ltd, the third has either been copied from the Lowes suits or was made elsewhere and used as a pattern for the Lowes suits.These suits are excellent and complete examples of men's business suits from the 1950s. The menswear industry was and remains a fairly staid and traditional one with the basic shape of the business suit remaining unchanged for decades ... more

  6. Port Macquarie Hockey Club blazer worn by Peggy Haynes

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This single breasted woollen women’s hockey blazer was worn by Margaret Coral Haynes, known as Peggy [  - 1995] and often spelt as Haines. The blazer recognises Peggy’s participation in five NSW Country Week Competitions representing Port Macquarie over the years 1947 to 1949, 1951 and 1953. Peggy Haynes appears to have been an exceptional hockey player, participating in the sport at many levels, as a player and coach. The sport of hockey was formally established in NSW in the early ... more

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

    Braidwood Museum

    This Royal Navy officer’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.  The design of the uniform is typical of the highly stylised and regulated full dress uniforms of the Royal Navy during the 1800’s. The cut, colours and trimmings reveal when it was worn and the officer’s rank and branch. The blue/black wool tail coat has a white ... more

  8. Cocktail dress made by Barbara Cottee

    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

  9. Nurses Uniform of Sister Camillus Jackson

    Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea

    This carer uniform is unique as it was designed and made by the wearer Sister Camillus Jackson [1922-2007]. The uniform is important in interpreting the life and times of Sister Camillus, her contribution to her faith and caring for the elderly during a time of great change in  the church.  The uniform which superceeded the nun's habit, also assists the interpretation of women's religious role in the wider community. She was born Helen Annette Jackson in Leederville and spent ... more

  10. 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

  11. Protective clothing worn on Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1913, by Morton Henry Moyes
    1911 - 1913

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    These protective accessories were worn by Morton Henry Moyes who worked as a meteorologist on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) between 1911 and 1913. They are part of a collection of protective clothing worn by Moyes on the AAEand are indicative of some of the equipment necessary to survive and work in the harsh conditions of Antarctica. Along with related items in the collection, they signify Australia's immense contribution to exploration and scientific research in the Antarctic region and provide insight ... more

  12. Ellen Drew's wedding dress

    Pioneer Women's Hut Tumbarumba

    This is the wedding dress of Ellen Mary Bax (nee Drew) when she married Ernest Stephen Bax at the Primitive Methodist church, Mudgee in 1892. A tiny woman, she continued to wear the dress many, many times, most probably as her 'Sunday best'. Made from a strong and expensive fabric, it was very well used. The outfit was well made by a dress maker with a number of alterations over the years, converting the garment from a formal dress to an everyday garment. The colour was ... more