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  1. Boys dress worn by John Marsden
    1802 - 1803

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress was worn by John Marsden (1801 - 1803), the fourth of Reverend Samuel and Elizabeth Marsden's eight children. Reverend Samuel Marsden was an important figure in colonial Australia.  As the chaplain to New South Wales, Marsden endeavoured, with some success, to improve the standard of morals and manners.  This dress is a rare example of children's everyday wear from the early 1800s. Such an unassuming garment would not normally survive, but two-year-old John was wearing ... more

  2. Brocade wedding dress

    Grenfell Historical Society

    This dress was worn by Mary Napier when she married Alfred Hilder in Grenfell on 24 May 1880. Both families came to Grenfell following the discovery of gold in October 1866 and remained after the gold ran out. The dress appears to be hand made and could possibly have been used again on formal occasions. It is significant in that the dress is one of only a few garments that survived from this period that can be directly linked to ... more

  3. Cape belonging to Riverina midwife, Nurse Catherine Burke.
    1920 - 1940

    Museum of the Riverina

    As part of the Nurse Burke Collection, this garment holds historic and aesthetic significance. The long, navy blue cape, Gladstone bag and navy felt hat were powerful symbols of a profession that carried the tools to save the lives of both mother and child. Midwives were well known and respected members of the community, and with their large bag and distinctive uniform, they were instantly recognisable. Nurse Burke's cape, along with its associated collection, enables the museum to explore ... more

  4. Carabost Cup dance costume worn by Pauline Kenyon
    1944 - 1946

    Museum of the Riverina

    Historic significance The Pauline Harvey (nee Peggy Kenyon) collection is considerable, and comprises certificates, trophies, programs, photographs, dance costumes (c. 1940s-80s) and domestic costume (including Pauline's two wedding gowns). All the objects in this collection are of historic significance as they relate to Pauline's lifelong involvement with dance (both locally and nationally), and are evidence of her involvement in this profession as both an amateur and professional. The certificates, trophies and programs also relate to the City of ... more

  5. Child's 1885 silk dress

    Albury Library Museum

    This child's purple/blue silk dress features in a photograph of 4 year old Pauline Ries in 1940. The dress was donated to the Albury City Collection by Sister Clare Ries, among several other objects. It is not known who owned or wore this dress, possibly a member of the Ries and Dallinger families of Albury. Both of these families came to Albury with several other German families in the late 1850s. It has been suggested that it is ... more

  6. Child's Formal Dress and Accessories
    1913 - 1915

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    A charming group of three items of cream silk satin, embellished with ruching and pearls. The dress is thought to be a flower girls dress, which has matching shoes and bonnet. Hope who is thought to be the wearer of these items was three at the time of her Aunts wedding in Sydney's St James Church June 24,1913, reported in the S.M.H. June 28th. Hope was a well known identity in the Roseville community and was ... more

  7. Child's dance costume worn by Pauline Harvey
    1935 - 1940

    Museum of the Riverina

    Pauline Harvey's dance costume is of historic significance. It is a good example of a World War II stage costume; quickly and crudely made from whatever fabrics were available, and probably not intended to last for a long time - there being no necessity for it to survive the wear and tear of everyday living. During her expansive career, Pauline has had numerous costumes, many made either by her mother, or herself. During (or immediately following) the War, Pauline had ... more

  8. Chrissy Amphlett's School Uniform

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Chrissy Amphlett's iconic school uniform represents the unrestrained performance style of the lead singer of the internationally successful Australian rock band, Divinyls. The navy blue box pleat tunic and white shirt with a Peter Pan collar is one of several school uniforms worn in performance by Amphlett. Amphlett credits the uniform with enabling her to create the persona of the angry, sexually provocative schoolgirl that allowed the band to transcend the Australian pub scene and find international fame. Amphlett ... more

  9. Christening gown and petticoat
    1875 - 1890

    Australian History Museum Macquarie University

    The christening gown and petticoat are of historical, social and spiritual significance. They provide accounts of what people believed to be important in their daily lives and how they lived them. Barbara's christening was an important part of the family's religious beliefs, her father was the Minister for the township. Socially they would have been an important and respected family in the township. The dress was brought from England and given to the family. As a garment it ... more

  10. Christening gown made by Hannah Henderson

    Newcastle Museum

    Historic. This humble little christening gown was worn by at least one child born to Hannah and George Henderson, in the opening years of the 20th century. Their first child, a son, was born on the fateful date 15 April 1912, the day the RMS 'Titanic' sank. Even though it is not known who made this gown, it is a lovely example of early 20th century recycling and 'making-do', being made from the skirt of Hannah's wedding dress. As ... more

  11. Christening gown made by Jane Kaltenbacher

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This christening gown has been used by three generations of the Kaltenbach(er) family from 1882 to 1938. The Kaltenbach family migrated to Australia from England in 1886. It is understood the gown was made by Jane Kaltenbach(er) in 1882 for the christening of her first child Christian and was worn by each of her subsequent children including her second child Ferdinand. The gown was then worn by Ferdinand's son Ronald in 1907 and by Ronald's daughter ... more

  12. Christening gown with shawl and bonnet

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    This outfit is significant in several categories - historic, aesthetic, social and spiritual: also its rarity and association with prominent Quirindi families. Much handwork has gone into the production of this set of garments, for a special family event, a religious ceremony and an occasion for family celebration. This beautifully embroidered christening gown, with shawl and bonnet is believed to be the christening robe of Mary Elizabeth Cobbett. Mary was born at Balmoral, New South Wales on November 24th 1892, the ... more