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  1. Sarah Moxey's wedding dress

    Raymond Terrace Historical Society

    The significant of this dress is its simplicity. It is not a grand garment, it is not a lavish design. It is a dress an 18 year old girl made to marry her future husband. But it is a gown that has been treasured by the person who made it and by her children and for that reason we also treasure it. more

  2. 2 Piece beige silk ensemble
    1878 - 1890

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress is a fine example of formal clothing worn at the end of the 19th century. Although the dress may have been initially made for a wedding it has been subsequently reworn for many an occasion. It has also been altered significantly to fit a larger lady evidenced not only by the waist extension but by the movement of the shoulder seams. It has also seen a change in fashion where some of the ties that may have supported ... more

  3. Wedding dress of Mrs Rebecca Irvine

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress is an important and well provenanced wedding gown. It was made to be worn at a celebration that would see the joining of two of the Upper Manning's prominent farming families the Summervilles and the Irvines. Upon examination of both Mary Halpin and Rebecca Summerville's gowns, we appreciate the economic growth experienced from the mid to late 1880s; pioneers harvesting the rich virgin hard wood and cedar forests around the Mid North Coast and in turn ... more

  4. Pink wool bodice and skirt
    1883 - 1886

    National Museum of Australia

    This fine wool dress dates from about 1885 and belonged to one of the daughters of pastoralist, William Pitt Faithfull, founder of the pioneering merino stud, Springfield. The tight fitting, boned bodice and bustled skirt decorated with lace flounces and frills are of the style fashionable among the middle and upper classes in Britain and Europe during this period. In a maturing colony female free settlers and their Australian-born daughters used fashion to maintain and reinforce their social status within ... more

  5. Velvet Afghan Jacket
    1890 - 1894

    Broken Hill Migrant Heritage Committee (Inc)

    The significance of this jacket is still being researched. According to family members Shamroze Khan bought this jacket on a pilgrimage to Mecca; date unknown. However, in 2009 the Indian Consul viewed the jacket in the Broken Hill Migrant Museum and stated the jacket was too ornate to have been purchased during a pilgrimage to Mecca. Contrary to this opinion staff of the South Australian Mosque indicated the jacket would have been bought on a trip to or from Mecca ... more

  6. Anna King's Evening dress

    National Trust of Australia (NSW)

    This simply cut evening dress consists of short sleeves, a very high waist, sitting under the bust with a A-line skirt. Sleeves have a drawstring at the base, which creates a gathered, look when worn. The hem of the dress has a scalloped edge. The front of the skirt is slightly shorter than the back, which has a train. The whole dress is embroidered with silver 'plate' embroidery in flowered sprigs and a running floral border at the base. This ... more

  7. 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

  8. Grey silk and lace ankle length walking frock

    Richmond River Historical Society Inc.

    It is an example of the needlework of a young woman who was born in the last year of the nineteenth century and who loved fine clothing despite the humble life her parents lived. It helps to show the aspirations of the family and their determination to educate their daughter in dressmaking. This was considered to be a worthy attainment for a young woman who would marry and have children of her own to dress creditably. Frances' sister Jessie was ... more

  9. 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

  10. MacKenzie Academic Gown

    Fassifern District Historical Society

    This garment is significant because it was worn by a female Bachelor of Science graduate in an era where it was not common for a female to attend university and study in this field. The garment was retained by the owner for the duration of her life. more

  11. Bessie Rouse's crimson silk outfit
    1874 - 1876

    Sydney Living Museums

    This crimson bodice was probably worn by Bessie Rouse as an elegant presentation robe, possibly before she was married to Edwin Stephen Rouse in 1874. Bessie remained the influential mistress of Rouse Hill House from her marriage until 1924. Her outfit does not show extensive signs of wear although Bessie appears to have moved the red glass buttons across 30mm to allow for an expanding waistline. This may possibly relate to her two pregnancies. Presentation robes often boasted extravagant trained ... more

  12. 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