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  1. A young girl's smocked dress

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    In the 20th century, sewing was an integral part of the Educational Curriculum in schools throughout Australia and most girls learnt to smock. When these girls became mothers, this training was used to make items for the home and garments for the family. Hand embroidery was a pleasurable pastime and form of relaxation.    Post WWII, when jobs and resources were limited and scarce, there was neither the range nor variety of goods and those that were available, comparatively expensive ... more

  2. Queensland Policewoman's Winter Uniform 1965 - 1970
    1965 - 1970

    Queensland Police Museum

    This complete uniform is a significant piece in the Queensland Police Museum collection as there were only five female sergeants between 1965 and 1970. Additionally, the uniform represents an important period in the history of the Queensland Police Force. Female officers were only first sworn into the Force in 1965. This was the first step towards equality in the Queensland Police Force.  The long-sleeve blouse, tunic, skirt and hat are all in either excellent or good condition. There is ... more

  3. Hand embroidered, Chinese silk wedding dress worn by Mary Box
    1913 - 1918

    Box Cottage Museum

    This wedding dress was worn by Mary Louisa Box nee Closter on the 12th June, 1918, for her marriage to Alonzo Box, a recently returned Gallipoli veteran. It is also significant because of its association with the Box family, an early pioneering family who emigrated from Sussex, England to the Moorabbin district, Victoria in the 1850s. The Box family were pioneer market gardeners who grew produce for the growing city of Melbourne. John Box 1841-1913 emigrated with his parents in 1854 ... more

  4. 1880 Ada Petherbridge (nee Bonarius) wedding dress

    Grossmann House - National Trust of NSW

    The Ada Petherbridge (nee Bonarius) wedding dress, a commendably provenanced cream taffeta dress, trimmed with blonde lace pleated trim and wax orange blossoms, worn on the 19th of October 1880, is a historically and aesthetically significant item of clothing of local Maitland derivation. Historically it is an archetypal example of the white wedding dress, popularised by Queen Victoria. Both Queen Victoria and Ada had orange blossoms, a symbol of fertility, trimming their dresses (Queen Victoria had blossoms trimming her wreath ... more

  5. 1879 Mary Trappel (nee Kullner) wedding dress

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    Mary Trappel (nee Kullner’s) wedding dress, a light blue brocade princess dress, embellished with piping at the bust and sleeves, self-fabric buttons at the sleeves, lace trim at the skirt and hand-pleating at the sleeve and dress hemlines and with a bustle at back, is in excellent original and unrestored condition. It is an aide memoire of German immigration to the Hunter region in the nineteenth century, in the form of a dress. Emigration from Germany to the Hunter district ... more

  6. 1910s Emily McDonald net dress
    1910 - 1915

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    This well provenanced, historically and aesthetically significant full-length white bobbinet dress is a rare example of a wartime special occasion dress. Entirely handmade with cotton bobbinet and cotton organdy, it is a fine demonstration of John Heathcote's bobbinet machine, patented in 1809, which enabled fine net to be easily produced in wide widths for dresses, which could be hand-embroidered to achieve individual and attractive effects. Net dresses were worn with underdresses of plain silk in white or in a ... more

  7. Agnes Thompson's Wedding Dress

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This wedding dress forms part of a collection of wedding attire, including shoes, dress and drawstring purses, which were used by Agnes Thompson on her wedding to Dr George Busby, government medical officer at the Convict Hospital at Bathurst, on 11 January 1833. Thompson and Busby are significant personalities in the colonial development of Bathurst, in country New South Wales, purchasing the first parcels of land in the town and establishing the town's first bank and School of Arts ... more

  8. Cream Silk Wedding Dress With Train & Shoes, worn by Gertrude Fanny Deer, 1927

    National Institute of Dramatic Art

    This wedding dress with train and shoes belonged to Gertrude Fanny Deer, who was from a well off South Australian family. She married Percival John Thorpe 8 June 1927 at Cherry Gardens Methodist Chapel, Adelaide. The wedding dress ensemble was made by Gertrude's friend Maude McAskall. The set was passed onto her daughter June Elizabeth Thorpe, then onto June’s grandaughter Kathleen Szabo who donated it to the NIDA Costume Research Collection. The wedding dress ensemble is relaxed, yet elegant ... more

  9. Christina Corner wedding gown

    National Trust of Australia (NSW)

    This wedding gown sheds light on the lives of two successful colonial families. It is rare to have such a wealth of information and photography relating to a garment and the associated National Trust property, 'Lindesay'. Successful Sydney families built mansions along the harbour, not only to enjoy the beauty of the harbour, but to keep an eye on key activities relating to shipping and commerce. John Macintosh purchased 'Lindesay' at Darling Point in 1870. It was built in 1834 ... more

  10. Qantas uniform designed by senior steward Stewart Baker
    1973 - 1987

    Qantas Heritage Collection

    The spectacularly colourful uniform worn by Qantas Flight Service Directors from 1973 - 1987 symbolised the optimistic mood prevalent in Australia as it forged an identity independent of its colonial past. The vibrant burnt orange of the blazer and yellow shirt alluded to the bright Australian sunlight and desert landscapes, thereby breaking with the tradition for male cabin crew to wear sombre uniforms reminiscent of British shipping stewards. The post-war baby boomer generation enjoyed unprecedented influence throughout the western world and Qantas was keen to promote a modern, youthful image that resonated with this ... more

  11. Ella Porter, Bridesmaid's dress

    Miss Porter's House National Trust Newcastle

    Weddings are usually important and joyful events, marking a milestone in lives. In the 1930s, the vast majority of young women married, and if they could, they marked it with the traditional rituals of the Western wedding ceremony. When Esther Morton married Mervyn Taylor at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle in 1938, she chose as her attendants two friends. The three women had been school friends and would go on to maintain the friendship until their deaths. The wedding invitation and ... more