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  1. 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

  2. Striped cotton everyday dress
    1900 - 1910

    Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Museum

    This dress is significant as it is a cotton day dress and such dresses were usually worn everyday until they were only suitable for use as rags. For such a dress to have survived in such good condition is very unusual and adds greatly to the significance of this garment and the collection it belongs to. This dress is also significant as it is part of 100 piece collection of clothes that belonged to the Bayldon family who were important ... more

  3. 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

  4. Tapestry woven waistcoat worn by Dugald Thomson.
    1830 - 1850

    Stanton Library

    This waistcoat is a provenanced item of men's clothing held in the North Sydney Heritage Centre costume and object collection. It is an example of clothing that was brought to Australia by settlers from Great Britain in the mid 19th century. Such items were treasured links to the family's heritage. According to the donor (and a note attached to waistcoat) the waistcoat is dated from 1800 and belonged to the Rt Hon Dugald Thomson [1849-1922] whose ancestors (the ... more

  5. Tartan cutaway jacket
    1750 - 1850

    Maclean District Historical Society

    Norman McSween, the Scottish owner of the coat, came as a widower with his family from the Isle of Skye on the “Ontario” in 1852. The Ship’s indent says that they were “a very poor and destitute family”, so perhaps the coat was their one treasure and a reminder of their native land. Norman died aged 46, on the voyage to Australia, so the significance of the coat would have increased, especially to his 6 children aged from 10 to ... more

  6. Tartan skirt worn by Sarah Thomas
    1838 - 1878

    Tongarra Museum

    This skirt was made by Sarah Thomas en route to Australia from England in 1838.  Sarah wore this skirt from its date of manufacture until her death in 1878. Sarah Thomas, nee Waller was born in Kent England in 1808. In 1828 she married William Thomas a carpenter, also from Kent. William, Sarah and the first four of their ten children immigrated to Australia in 1838. They lived at Log Bridge Farm, near Albion Park in NSW were they ... more

  7. Ted Docker's Wool Suit and Scarf
    1930 - 1940

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Ted Docker's suit is a fine example of Australian menswear from the 1930s. Ted Docker was a founding member of the Communist Party of Australia, formed in 1920. The suit is said to have been made by the Communist Party of Australia's own tailor, Tim Stillman, a suggestion supported by the fact that the suit is professionally made, yet has no label. The suit was donated to the Powerhouse Museum collections by Ted's son John Docker in ... more

  8. The Press dress worn by Mrs Matilda Butters
    1866 - 1867

    State Library of Victoria

    This dress belonged to Mrs Matilda Butters, second wife of colourful Melbourne politician and businessman James Stewart Butters. It was first worn at the mayor's fancy dress ball in September 1866, held to celebrate the arrival of the new governor of Victoria, Sir J Manners-Sutton. The dress was constructed from panels of silk printed with the front pages of Melbourne newspapers. The panels were sewn together to form a bodice, sash and full-length crinoline skirt with train. The skirt ... more

  9. Theatre costume worn by Thea Rowe
    1940 - 1950

    Stanton Library

    This is a unique provenanced theatre costume in the Costume and Object collection of Stanton Library. Made and worn by Thea Rowe, an actor, singer and writer. She was born in Balmain in 1907 and died in Waverton in 1992. Thea had a long career in musical theatre. In the 1940s she developed a one-woman show performing traditional British folk songs in costume. She toured extensively giving recitals in schools, music clubs and concert halls. Her husband Breffni Hosking was ... more

  10. Three piece Rundles suit worn by Lawrence Watkins
    1931

    Newcastle Museum

    Historic and Social. The social aspect of significance for this suit is twofold. Firstly, it was manufactured by Rundles, an iconic Newcastle business, now in its 180th year of operation. Furthermore, the suit was purchased to be worn to Eisteddfods, which were surely a highlight of a town or city's social calendar, especially during the dark years of the Great Depression. Due to very high levels of Welsh mining migration to Newcastle and the Hunter during the 19th and ... more

  11. Three piece striped silk outfit
    1870 - 1880

    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

  12. 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 for the "Australian Smocking and Embroidery" magazine and for smocking lessons. 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. Through her teaching and publications, Margaret helped to keep the old skills alive, adapted ... more