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  1. William Charles Wentworth court costume
    1855 - 1865

    Sydney Living Museums

    The coat and breeches are of fine dark blue wool and silk cloth. The waistcoat is ivory silk. The buttons are of cut and polished steel. The edges of the front panels of the waistcoat are embroidered with the floral emblems of England (the rose), Scotland (the thistle) and Ireland (the shamrock). A bicorn hat, of black silk with marcasite and cut-and-polished steel decoration, was carried folded flat under the arm. This court costume was made for William Charles Wentworth ... more

  2. Woman's dress
    1864 - 1866

    Illawarra Historical Society

    Owned and used in Tasmania by the family of Deslie Welsch of Mount Ousley and was donated to the Illawarra Museum when the family home was being cleared. It has evidence of alterations and use as fancy dress costume. more

  3. Woman's dust coat dress
    1880 - 1890

    Gulgong Pioneers Museum

    This is an important example of occupational or travel dress. Unostenatious garments, such as this one, can be overlooked in collections, but this garment is quite rare. Sometimes called a 'duster' they are quite common in American mail order catalogues. They were worn over smart clothes to protect from dust or weather. The fastening right down the front, to the absolute bottom of the hem, suggests the wearer intended to eliminate any speck of dust collecting on her more expensive ... more

  4. Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) Uniform worn by Ena Wilson
    1942

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This Women’s Australian Auxiliary Air Force (WAAAF) uniform consisting of a navy blue woollen serge dress jacket and skirt, was worn by Ena Maude Wilson from “Willesbro” Rollands Plains, who served as a Motor Transport Driver at Richmond Air Force base in Sydney from September 1942 to November 1945. Ena was one of thirty women who resided in the Hastings area at the time of their enlistment in the services during World War II.  Ena and eight (8) of ... more

  5. Wylie's Baths Swimming Costume
    1900 - 1910

    Randwick District and Historical Society

    Standard issue, one-size-fits-all bathing suit hired out to patrons of Wylie's Baths; a garment which demonstrates considerable historical signficance because of its unusual design. In an era when the construction and style of bathing suits was strongly distinguished between men and women, this garment appears to be unisex, with the only part which adjusts according to the shape of the wearer is the drawstring around the neck. The garment nevertheless reflects contemporary concerns with maintaining modesty over mobility whilst ... more

  6. Yellow Wool Port Arthur Issue Convict Jacket
    1855 - 1877

    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

    This jacket was issued to a convict transported from Britain to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). It was part of the issued uniform given to Port Arthur convicts during the operation of the penal system 1830 - 1877. Seven classes of prisoner were created in 1826 during Governor Arthur's period of office. Clothing for convicts were mostly blue or grey, the lowest convict class were compelled to wear yellow, the colour then associated with humiliation. Port Arthur was reserved for ... more

  7. Yellow Wool Port Arthur Issue Convict Waistcoat
    1830 - 1855

    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

    This waistcoat was issued to a convict transported from Britain to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). It were part of the issued uniform of Port Arthur convicts during the operation of the penal system on the Tasman Peninsula 1830 - 1877. Seven classes of prisoner were created in 1826 during Governor Arthur's period of office. Clothing for convicts was mostly blue or grey, the lowest convict class were compelled to wear yellow, the colour then associated with humiliation. Australian ... more

  8. Young Girl's Black Dress
    1855 - 1865

    Dorothy Nicol Historical Fashion Collection

    Although very little provenance information regarding this garment has survived it is, nevertheless, a very well preserved example of children's clothing in mid-nineteenth century Australia. This little girl's dress is made from black silk taffeta and is dated to the period 1855-1865. Entirely hand sewn throughout, the dress is decorated with glass buttons, black velvet ribbons, black silk-rouleaux with jet bugle beads, as well as white cotton machine-made lace and blue silk-taffeta edging.  What makes this garment ... more