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  1. John Wardrobe's pith sun helmet
    1889 - 1901

    The Oaks Historical Society

    The sun helmet is in its original condition and made from materials currently in use in India in the late 19th century. The shola-pith material could be soaked in water to keep the wearer's head cool in hot weather. Later versions used cork as the main construction. It is therefore a rare example of colonial headgear used in wartime. The historic significance of the object relates to the ownership by John Wardrobe, a one time Alderman of the inaugural ... more

  2. Mrs Mary Irvine's (nee Halpin) wedding dress c.1860

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This well provenanced wedding gown, which is linked to many well known Manning Valley families, dates back to 1860. It is beautiful in its simplicity but clever in its practical design. It appears to have been handmade by a young Irish Catholic migrant, a lady who was preparing to become a mother but would be required to renounce her religion in order to marry the father of the child. There would have been immense social pressure on the couple through ... more

  3. Max Humfress V's swimming costume
    1906 - 1916

    Manly Art Gallery & Museum

    This very rare example of a young boy's homemade V's dates to around 1911. The images of 3 year old Max Humfress wearing them add tremendous interest and value to this garment. The provenance is enhanced by the appliqued letters 'MH' on the front. They are the only child's 'V's' and one of the earliest 'V's'- in the Manly Museum and Art Gallery collection. 'V's' are cotton, roughly made, V-shaped costumes for men from ... more

  4. Jimmy Sharman's Dressing Gown

    Temora Rural Museum

    “Who’ll take a glove? Who’ll take a glove? You’re a pretty hefty-looking customer.  What about coming inside? Bowl my man over in three pounds and I’ll give you a “fiver”.  If my man cannot stop you in three I’ll give you two pounds!” This dressing gown belonged to the nationally acclaimed boxing legend and showman Jimmy Sharman.  Born in Narellan in 1887, Jimmy Sharman developed a passion for boxing at a young age having been a ... more

  5. Girl's "Fairy" Fancy Dress Costume

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This garment is a fine example of a homemade child's fancy dress costume from the early 20th century. The costume was designed and handmade by Louisa Honora Wane (nee Killeen) for her daughter, Marjorie Lydia Wane. It was worn to a St Mary's Sunday School concert in the suburb of East Balmain, Sydney c. 1913 when Marjorie was 7 years old. This dress is an excellent example of pre-war fancy dress. Due to the temporary nature of children's fancy dress ... more

  6. Port Arthur Convict Issue Parti-Coloured Waistcoat
    1855 - 1877

    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

    This waistcoat 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 wore yellow, the colour then associated with humiliation. Port Arthur was reserved for repeat-offending criminals ... 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. Queensland Police Commissioner's Dress Tunic
    1927 - 1943

    Queensland Police Museum

    The Queensland Police Commissioner's tunic manufactured between 1927 and 1943 represents an important era in the history of the Queensland Police. The owner of this tunic is most likely to have been Cecil James Carroll, Commissioner of Police between 1934 and 1949. The braided decorations, trimmings and the wool fabric all indicate this tunic was an elaborate garment, worn by someone of a high rank and mostly for ceremonial purposes. It was manufactured by an experienced tailor in the Brisbane City who created a military-style uniform ... more

  9. Len Forsythe Boat Cloak

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

    This British Royal Navy Officer's boat cloak dates from c.1900-1939. It is made from fine, worsted, British wool, is hip length and has seams at the sides. We know that the garment was not Australian, as the word 'AUSTRALIA' would be printed on the lower edge of the buttons if that were the case. Boat cloaks were an optional item of dress for navy personnel, worn mainly over full dress, ball dress or mess dress for additional warmth when travelling in ... more

  10. A religious habit of the Sisters of Mercy
    1920 - 1950

    Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. ( ISMAPNG)

    This assembly of garments constitutes the basic elements of the religious habit of the Sisters of Mercy.  The Mercy habit was designed by the Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, the Venerable Mother Catherine McAuley, in Dublin in 1831, and, with possibly only minor and inconspicuous alterations, was worn by all Sisters of Mercy until the middle of the twentieth century. The habit then began to be simplified and was finally discarded in favour of modern garb more suited ... more

  11. Evi's special occasion dress

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    West Australian, Evi Ferrier, is a well known Australian artist specialising in mosaic artwork. Evi’s special occasion dress brings aesthetic brilliance together with social and economic awareness in a time of boom in the State of Western Australia. In the late 1970s Evi led a busy life as the wife of a Family Court Judge and mother. Through their daughters, she met Lyn Hughes, who imported top quality special occasion clothing from India. At this time, Melbourne artist, Bronwyn Baillieu ... more

  12. Evening dress designed by Lisa Ho and worn by Delta Goodrem

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Lisa Ho ran one of Australia's most popular and long-established fashion labels. A graduate of East Sydney Technical College, Ho produced her first collection in 1982 and by 1989 was recognised with a Fashion Industries of Australia Award. Ho has worked across all levels of the industry; designing, manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing a wide range of womenswear designs including swimwear, jeans, daywear, active wear, evening wear and special occasion dresses. Ho's evening wear received prominent media coverage in ... more