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  1. Christina Corner wedding gown
    1882

    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

  2. Coat dress worn by Mrs Hilda Grinter
    1931 - 1935

    Museum of the Riverina

    Hilda's dress is of Historic and Aesthetic significance. The pattern of the fabric - featuring both gumnuts and Eucalyptus leaves - is uniquely Australian in both its colours, design and quirky nature. This fabric is a good example of pre-World War II synthetic fabric, most likely a type of polyester. The pattern of fabric is bright and unmistakably Australian. The gold gumnuts and green/blue Eucalyptus leaves of this garment pose a stark contrast to conceptions of this period in history ... more

  3. Cocktail dress made by Barbara Cottee
    1951

    Private collectors

    This dress was made by Barbara Cottee (born 29 September 1931) in Sydney in 1951. It was made to complete the requirements of a 3-year dressmaking course at East Sydney Technical College.  Barbara Cottee wore the dress twice. Once to a friend’s wedding in Ashfield in Sydney in 1951 and a year later for a studio photograph in Orange, NSW.  The significance of the dress lies in its  Parisian post-war design and its interesting Australian provenance. Its documentation reveals aspects ... more

  4. Cooke wedding dress
    1883

    Alstonville Plateau Historical Society Inc

    While wedding gowns are not rare in museums, this gown has such good provenance that it is significant. There is much documentation associated with this gown and its maker, Isabella Cooke. The APHS has a very comprehensive collection of Isabella's handiwork illustrating her fine needlework, sewing, quilting, crochet, tatting and embroidery. Four years after her marriage she travelled to the north coast, first of all settling in Bexhill, then Corndale and finally retiring with her husband to Alstonville. Her ... more

  5. Cooper family wedding dress
    1906

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    The gown is of local historic interest as it was produced for the wedding of Alice May Chapman and Walter Stephen Cooper- two individuals from premier familes of the area. Both the Cooper and Chapman families have a long history in the Manning Valley dating back to the early to mid 1800's. The Cooper's owning beef properties such as 'Norwood' and the Chapman's in retail trade. The fact that a photograph exists showing the bride in the ... more

  6. Cotton flag dress made by Miss Amelia Ellis
    1918 - 1919

    Tinonee Historical Society

    This interesting dress was made for the Victory Parade celebrations held on Australia Day 1919 in the small town of Tinonee on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Communities across Australia celebrated the end of the First World War in a number of ways. Tinonee's Victory Parade included the Town Band, Boy Scouts, school children and citizens dressed in patriotic costumes such as this one made and worn by local dressmaker Miss Amelia Ellis. Australia's participation ... more

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

  8. Cream two piece outfit
    1890 - 1910

    Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Museum

    This garment is significant as it is part of a 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 ... more

  9. Cream velvet wedding dress
    1944

    Glen Innes & District Historical Society

    A beautiful example in excellent condition of a wedding dress worn by a bride from a prominent local grazing family of the Glen Innes district. The wedding was during the final years of the Second World War and the dress was made of fabric which would have been hard to come by at that time. The bride, Beryl Foot, and her groom, Lionel Smith, owned and operated a local grazing property 'Oaklands' which was well know for its wool production ... more

  10. Cynthia's "Gunner Leake" AWAS jacket 1942
    1942

    Rottnest Island Authority

    The Australian Women’s Army Service   winter uniform jacket is significant for its social history in a time when young women were encouraged to play a part in the defence of Australia, taking on jobs that freed men for frontline duties. For many young women World War II gave them the opportunity to leave home and spread their wings, at the same time helping their country’s war effort. When the Australian Women’s Army Service was established in 1941 the total number ... more

  11. Dawn Waterhouse's Ball Gown
    1954

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    This ballgown, sewn from red satin and tulle and trimmed in white silk, was worn by Dawn Waterhouse to the State Ball in honour of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. The gown forms part of the Calthorpe House Collection, itself historically signficant. Not only does the house document fifty years of continuous occupation by the Calthorpe family, but is a relatively intact example of Australian domestic architecture and interior design originating from the 1920s. Its contents, funishings and gardens represent ... more

  12. Day dress made by David Jones Limited
    1890 - 1900

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress is significant as the earliest labelled David Jones outfit in the Powerhouse Museum's collection. It was made by David Jones in Sydney about 1895. Established in 1838, David Jones is the oldest department store in the world still trading today. By 1880, fashionable ready-made clothing could be bought from city department stores like David Jones and Anthony Horderns. Alternatively, a length of fabric could be bought and made up into an outfit like this one for the ... more