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  1. 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 ‘Rum’ 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 Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals at the Sydney penal settlement following a reorganisation of medical services.   Convict hospitals were established ... more

  2. Riding Habit - Edith Lavinia Cameron
    1890 - 1899

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    Riding habit belonging to Edith Lavinia Cameron (nee. Kilby). This ensemble is historically signficant because of its well-documented connection both to the Kilby and Cameron families who were some of the earliest settlers in the Limestone Plains region, later to be incorporated into the Australian Capital Territory.  Despite Edith Cameron owning a riding habit, this is not indicative of superior wealth or status. The Kilbys and Camerons were both of modest means, Robert being a blacksmith before he became ... more

  3. 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 & 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

  4. Rust brown two piece outfit
    1890 - 1910

    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. 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 ... more

  6. Sarah Moxey's wedding dress
    1869

    Raymond Terrace Historical Society

    The significant of this dress is its simplicity. It is not a grand garment, it is not a lavish design. It is a dress an 18 year old girl made to marry her future husband. But it is a gown that has been treasured by the person who made it and by her children and for that reason we also treasure it. more

  7. 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

  8. Selina Pockley's day dress
    1868 - 1882

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    This day gown was designed with a special bodice that would allow Selina to breast feed her child. As Selina had a total of fifteen children it would have been a very useful garment. The striped taffeta day-gown is dated as C.1868 and is of three pieces the bustle skirt, bodice and bustle. However it also has the additional special bodice with slits for breast feeding that could be worn after the birth of a baby. Selina was the ... more

  9. Silk bodice worn by Hannah Henderson
    1910

    Newcastle Museum

    Hannah Henderson's bodice, worn as part of her bridal ensemble, is a good example of late Edwardian wedding fashions. It is beautifully made, and incorporates many elements which were popular in this period into its design. These include the high neck with lace edged hem, the puffy sleeves which taper into a fitted cuff at bottom, and a rising waistline. The pleats and tucks on the front (bretelles), embroidered flowers on the front panel and also French knot decoration ... more

  10. Silver and blue shot silk dress
    1810 - 1813

    National Museum of Australia

    This regency style blue and silver shot silk dress dates from about 1810-1813. Its original owner is believed to have been Devonshire migrant, Ann Deane who arrived in Sydney in 1838 with her son Robert, daughters Ann and Mary and nephew Edgar. Ann's daughters established a private school for young ladies and the family remained in Sydney until 1844, when Mary Deane married William Pitt Faithfull, pastoralist and founder of the pioneering merino stud, Springfield. When Mary moved to ... more

  11. Sisters of Mercy Reception Dress
    1934 - 1935

    Mercy Heritage Centre

    This dress is very significant as it is the only original Reception dress held in the collection of the Mercy Heritage Centre in Brisbane. A Reception dress is important to the Postulant and is worn at a discreet religious ceremony to signify her transition to Novice Sister.    As part of religious training a female enters the Sisters of Mercy as a Postulant –this is a female who aspires to the religious life but who has not yet been admitted into ... more

  12. Skirt worn by Catherine Thomson
    1890 - 1900

    Stanton Library

    A provenanced item in the Costume and Object collection held by Stanton Library in North Sydney. Skirts such as this made from expensive fabrics and with trains were often worn on formal occasions by 'well-to-do' ladies in the Edwardian era. It was made for Catherine Thomson to wear at the opening of the first Australian Parliament at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on 9 May 1901. Opened by The Prince George, Duke of Cornwall and York (later George V ... more