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  1. Mourning dress probably worn by Amelia Hackney
    1852 - 1862

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress is significant because of its connection to the Hackney family, who became important members of the rural communities in the area south of Bathurst through their operation of general stores. General stores were an important economic and cultural resource for rural communities, providing not only goods, but also a link to metropolitan centres and the large department stores, as well as overseas trade. The Wongs also offered interest-free credit and free delivery. This dress is also significant because ... more

  2. Mrs Mary Irvine's (nee Halpin) wedding dress c.1860
    1860

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This well provenanced wedding gown, which is linked to many well known Manning Valley families, dates back to 1860. It is beautiful in its simplicity but clever in its practical design. It appears to have been handmade by a young Irish Catholic migrant, a lady who was preparing to become a mother but would be required to renounce her religion in order to marry the father of the child. There would have been immense social pressure on the couple through ... more

  3. Muslin wedding dress
    1800

    Bathurst District Historical Society

    This is an extremely elegant muslin wedding gown that dates back to 1800. It is of great significance and a highly valued object within the Bathurst District Historical Society's collection because of the excellent condition it is in and its distinctive style. It is a classic empire line gown but unusual in style as it does not have a front. There are not many dresses of that period that have been found similar to this. A delicate lace shawl ... more

  4. Mustard two piece outfit for lady
    1880 - 1900

    Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Museum

    This garment is significant as it is part of 100 piece collection of clothes that belonged to the Bayldon family who were important members of Coffs Harbour society from 1870 to the present day. The Bayldons were a very important family in the history of the Sawtell and Toormina region of New South Wales, just South of Coffs Harbour and this is remembered even today. When the local council established a new housing estate near Sawtell it was called Bayldon ... more

  5. Myra Mogg's knitwear
    1932 - 1938

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This collection of Myra Mogg’s knitwear, consisting of three jumpers, gloves, court shoes overlaid with knitting and a hat, is a superb example of fine hand knitting with Australian provenance, in excellent, near-mint condition. Ms Myra Mogg (1906-1967) of Mudgee was an expert knitter who designed and made her own clothes, often ensembles consisting a tunic, gloves and shoes. She had the ability to knit so fine it at times utterly bewildered judges of the annual shows and knitting competitions ... more

  6. Nancy Broomfield's 'going away' ensemble
    1859

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This handmade vibrant blue silk taffeta ensemble is a classic example of 1860s period dress. With the classic sloping shoulders, highly fashionable black silk fringing and complex bustle waistband made of many smaller layered peplum-style panels over a full gathered skirt it would be fitting for a young lady of the period anywhere in the world let alone in rural NSW. As a handcrafted garment produced by a woman in rural NSW, it certainly demonstrates that people within these communities ... more

  7. National costume, Czechoslavakia
    1940

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This women's Hanacky Kroj dating from 1940 is a well provenenced example of traditional dress from the Hana region of Moravia in Czechoslavakia. Worn and partly made by Olga Kupkova the dress includes twelve components, intricately constructed and embroidered by specialist seamstresses and needleworkers, reflecting the time, expense and variety of skills that go into creating Hanacky Kroj. The style and design reflect the importance placed on communicating and celebrating regional identity through dress. In addition its elaborate composition ... more

  8. Nurses Uniform of Sister Camillus Jackson
    1982

    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

  9. Onslow Madras Cavalry Officer's Uniform
    1882

    Camden Historical Society

    It is rare to find a superbly provenanced uniform from the 19th century in such good condition. The uniform is of great significance, being connected to an influential colonial family from the Camden region of New South Wales. The Onslow uniform dates from 1882 and was owned and worn by Francis Montgomery Onslow who was born in India in 1843. In the Madras Cavalry Onslow took part in the Abyssinian war in 1867-68 with the Land Transport Train and was awarded a ... more

  10. Paula Stafford Bikini
    1950 - 1960

    Manly Art Gallery & Museum

    Australian designer, Paula Stafford, has been credited with introducing the bikini to Queensland in 1952. This two-piece swimsuit designed by Stafford is significant in its reflection of developments in Australian as well as international swimwear design that conflicted with traditional cultural practice. The success of Stafford's collections can be attributed to her utilisation of the media who were in frenzy over innovative beachwear design that contested conservative social morality standards. After a controversial appearance in a sarong style Stafford ... more

  11. Pelisse worn by James Somerville
    1880 - 1890

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    A Pelisse worn during Victorian times by a male child of about three years of age. Boys of the 19th century wore dresses untill the age of four or five. This style is an outer garment worn outdoors and would have been worn with white hose for legs and feet, black shoes and a brimmed straw hat with black velvet ribbon headband. This garment made in the early 1880's is in excellent condition and is a very good example ... more