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  1. Waistcoat worn by James Butler
    1853

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This waistcoat is a rare provenanced item of men's costume in the Port Macquarie Historical Society collection. It was worn by James Butler [1828-1910], a New Zealand immigrant, at his marriage to Ellen Blair [1833-1901] on 13 December 1853 at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Port Macquarie. The waistcoat is a good example of men's costume. With its silk damask fabric, corded edging, decorative pockets and fine stitching it makes a fashion statement and contradicts commonly held views that ... more

  2. Wedding Dress worn by Christina Winifred Howell
    1935

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This very simple looking dress reflects the bias cut, draped design and cowl neckline made popular in the 1930s by French designer Madeleine Vionnet. The dress was worn by Christina Winifred Nourse, known as Win [1905-1996] for her marriage to Ronald Howell [1910-2005] on 5 September 1935 at Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle, NSW. During the 1930s and particularly following the Great Depression 1930-1934, women's clothing began to be mass-produced. Large department stores such as Grace Brothers, Myer and Georges rapidly ... more

  3. Wedding dress and accessories
    1926

    Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society

    This dress and accessories are important items pertaining to the Gilgandra Shire being made and worn by the daughter of one of the early settlers of the district. On her marriage she became a member of another longstanding family in the area and their offspring continue to farm, live and be active in many public and social groups in the Shire. more

  4. Wedding dress of Mrs Rebecca Irvine
    1905

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress is an important and well provenanced wedding gown. It was made to be worn at a celebration that would see the joining of two of the Upper Manning's prominent farming families the Summervilles and the Irvines. Upon examination of both Mary Halpin and Rebecca Summerville's gowns, we appreciate the economic growth experienced from the mid to late 1880s; pioneers harvesting the rich virgin hard wood and cedar forests around the Mid North Coast and in turn ... more

  5. Wedding dress worn by Isabella Elizabeth Jobling
    1846

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

      This petite and pretty wedding dress is one of the oldest in the Port Macquarie Historical Society collection. Isabella Elizabeth Jobling [1821-1883] wore this dress for her marriage to Christopher Dawson Fenwick [1815-1895] on 4 August 1846 at St Thomas' Anglican Church, Port Macquarie. The marriage was announced by a notice in the Sydney Morning Herald. The wedding appears to have been a quiet affair consistent with Church of England ceremonies of the period. The style of this dress ... more

  6. Wedding dress worn by Lena Campbell, nee Nicholls
    1908 - 1909

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This is a historically and socially significant and highly valued garment within the Port Macquarie Historical Society's extensive costume collection. It was made by a local woman Maude Keena (nee Cleaver) and worn by Lena (Selina) Nicholls [1889-1973] at her marriage to Joe Campbell [1874-1959] on 10 February 1909, Lena's 20th birthday at the Nicholls family home, 'Carlton', Hamilton (later known as Hibbard), Port Macquarie. The maker of the dress and the costs of the fabric used were ... more

  7. Wedding dress, Hannah Palser Prior, wool and silk, 1882
    1882

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This wedding dress was worn by Hannah Palser Prior for her marriage to Alfred Matthew Adlam at Holy Trinity Church, Kelso, near Bathurst on 16 August 1882. The museum also holds Hannah and Alfred's wedding accessories, including shoes, gloves, handkerchiefs, and a wax orange blossom sprig worn at the neck of Hannah's gown, along with a photograph of the bride on her wedding day. The wedding dress and related items are well provenanced examples of an Australian colonial ... more

  8. Wedding dress, brown silk and green brocade
    1883

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This well worn and altered wedding dress is a good example of a woman's best dress worn as a wedding dress. It was worn by Maria Harper (nee Mulligan) [1856-1894] at her marriage to Samuel Harper [1855-1916] on 29 August, 1883 at Armidale, New South Wales. The dress is well worn, evidencing its wear on many subsequent occasions. This dress is also a fine representative example of a late 19th Century dress, with its well fitted front buttoning bodice ... more

  9. Wedding dress, slip, veil and bride record book
    1941 - 1956

    Brunswick Valley Historical Society

    The ensemble of wedding clothes and records are historically and socially significant objects held by the Brunswick Valley Historical Society. The ensemble includes a wedding dress, slip and veil and was made with precious clothing coupons for the wedding of Eunice Gray Mortimer and Oswald Edwin Douglas during WW II. Close to 60 brides borrowed all or part of the ensemble including around 20 such wartime brides. A miniature leather bound book accompanies the wedding clothes. Recorded inside are the ... more

  10. Wedding outfit
    1877

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    A stylish outfit with aesthetic appeal. This dress has been cut to fit the shape of the body really well. It is not a wedding dress as such, but a "best" dress worn for church or shopping in town and not an every day dress. Historical and social significance because of its association with a well-known and respected family. It is rare and unique, an important family heirloom. There is a family connection with our other wedding dress submitted to ... more

  11. Wedding outfit of skirt, chemisette and bodice of white satin-striped cotton lawn with lace.
    1908

    Private collectors

    This wedding dress was worn by a bride from a modest but respected middle-class family in 1908, the period between Federation and World War 1. It provides insight into aspects of the newly Federated Australia, when the young nation was emerging from the traditional ways of England and beginning to forge its own identity. Adaptation to Australian conditions is reflected in use of light-weight white cotton satin-striped lawn fabric in the dress rather than silk-satin or taffeta which were commonly used ... more

  12. West family christening robe
    1908 - 1915

    Camden Historical Society

    The West family christening robe has historic significance as it was first worn in 1908 and has an accompanying photo taken at that time of Mrs. Adeline West holding baby Kathleen. She had a double christening with her sister, Mrs. Ethel Bowen-Thomas, and her daughter, Elwyn Bowen-Thomas, at Ashfield in 1908. The christening gown is a good example of early twentieth century christening gowns. The robe has aesthetic significance as it is a very attractive and delicate christening robe with lovely ... more