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  1. Queensland Police Commissioner's Uniform 1969-1970
    1969 - 1970

    Queensland Police Museum

    Police Comissioner Norwin William Bauer's uniform is of historical significance because he was Commisioner of the Queensland Police Force during the turbulent years of 1969-1970 when Joh Bjelke-Petersen became Premier and anti-Vietnam demonstrations were prominent. Bauer and Bjelke-Petersen had to work closely because the Premier was also the Minister in charge of Police. In Brisbane and other Queeensland cities, like many parts of the world, street demonstrations were passionate and often unruly. The demonstrators marched without permits, or if ... more

  2. 1870s House of Worth evening dress
    1870 - 1879

    Grossmann House - National Trust of NSW

    This alleged House of Worth evening dress, an aqua taffeta dress, heavily hand-embroidered in cream and multi-coloured medallions and pearl-trimmed, and owned and worn by Anna Maria Eales, is a historically significant item of clothing. Whilst it is not well provenanced (the dress’ origin is indeterminate), and whilst it is in poor condition, it’s the subject of an interesting narrative, and characteristic of the profusely and exaggeratedly decorated House of Worth dresses of its time. Historically, the dress is an ... more

  3. 1930s Gertrude Mary Vile 'make-do-and-mend' dress
    1920 - 1930

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    The Gertrude Mary Vile Depression-era dress is a cream Fuji silk dress, with an Eton collar, a patch pocket and buttons down front, from the 1920s though patched into the 30s. Gertrude, who lived at Gosforth, a rural community about fourteen kilometres from Maitland, patched and darned what was initially a best dress into a house dress, and it survives Gertrude as a statement on the hardship the people of Maitland and Australia at large experienced during the Great Depression ... more

  4. Bertha Oates Wedding Dress
    1909

    Millthorpe Golden Memories Museum

    This wedding dress was worn by Bertha Oates for her marriage to Charles Willis, held at  Millthorpe Methodist Church on 31st March, 1909.  The dress reflects contemporary fashion with its pouched bodice, high neckline and trumpet-shaped skirt. The family considered their daughter's wedding an important occasion and would have wanted her to have a good dress to wear. The wedding dress was made in Millthorpe by the McGlynn sisters. Bertha and Charles' wedding reception was held at the Oates ... more

  5. Merle Hadley's Black Dress
    1954 - 1964

    Canowindra Historical Museum

    PROVENANCE: BLACK DRESS AND JACKET – ENID MERLE HADLEY. Enid Merle Hadley (known as “Merle”) lived in Canowindra from 1968 to 1971. Her husband, James (“Jim”) Hadley, was manager of the then Rural Bank of New South Wales in Gaskill Street. The manager’s residence was above and behind the banking chamber. They led a very busy life, actively participating in many local organizations and functions. Merle and Jim married in Sydney on 23rd September 1944 when Jim was able to ... more

  6. Printed linen housecoat
    1940 - 1945

    Buda Historic Home and Garden

    This housecoat leads us into the remarkable story of the Leviny family of Castlemaine. Ernest Leviny (1818-1905) was an Hungarian silversmith and jeweller of some repute who in 1853 travelled to the Victorian goldfields and became one of the wealthiest residents in town. In 1864 he married Englishwoman, Bertha Hudson, and they moved into 'Buda', now a historic house museum.  The Leviny's had 10 children, 4 boys and 6 girls. Five of their daughters lived at Buda House for ... more

  7. Girl Guides Queensland Cadet Uniform
    1955

    Girl Guides Queensland

    Marian Langdon OAM was an exceptional person. Her dress is the only known Queensland Girl Guide Cadet uniform held in the State of Queensland.  The Girl Guides Queensland Archive holds a collection of the uniform worn by members in Queensland from the 1920s to the current day.  There have been sections for girls aged from five years through to adults in the senior level for retired ladies. Uniform styles were set by the founding organisation in London, U ... more

  8. Wedding outfit of skirt, chemisette and bodice of white satin-striped cotton lawn with lace.
    1908

    Private collectors

    This wedding dress was worn by a bride from a modest but respected middle-class family in 1908, the period between Federation and World War 1. It provides insight into aspects of the newly Federated Australia, when the young nation was emerging from the traditional ways of England and beginning to forge its own identity. Adaptation to Australian conditions is reflected in use of light-weight white cotton satin-striped lawn fabric in the dress rather than silk-satin or taffeta which were commonly used ... more

  9. Ann Marsden's wedding dress
    1822

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This is an important example of well provenanced early colonial Australian dress. Family history relates that the silk fabric of this dress was in 1793 made up into Elizabeth Marsden's wedding dress on her marriage to Samuel Marsden (1765 - 1838). Samuel went on to become an important figure in colonial New South Wales. The dress is believed to have been later remade (as it now appears) and worn by their daughter, Ann (1794 - 1885), on her marriage to Reverend ... more

  10. Muslin wedding dress
    1800

    Bathurst District Historical Society

    This is an extremely elegant muslin wedding gown that dates back to 1800. It is of great significance and a highly valued object within the Bathurst District Historical Society's collection because of the excellent condition it is in and its distinctive style. It is a classic empire line gown but unusual in style as it does not have a front. There are not many dresses of that period that have been found similar to this. A delicate lace shawl ... more

  11. 'Gum Blossom' child's fancy dress
    1938

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This tiny outfit was worn by three year old Pat Dale at the 150th anniversary celebrations of white settlement in Australia held on April 6th and 7th 1938 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It represents one of many Australian native plants that the girls depicted alongside birds and animals worn by the boys to represent the spirit of Australia. The gum blossom outfit was inspired by the characters 'Bib and Bub' from the books 'Gum-Nut Babies' and 'Gum-Blossom Babies' by ... more

  12. Prince Charming costume worn by Frederick Boyton Smith
    1928 - 1934

    Museum of the Riverina

    The Prince Charming costume worn by Frederick Boyton Smith is of Historic significance, being a good example of a Depression era children's costume. Surviving from a time when children's parents handmade costumes from oddments found around the home - for example, cardboard, crepe paper, cotton wool and scraps of fabric, it is rare to find children's costumes in this worn condition with all pieces intact, in this case, the hat, jacket, breeches, tights and shoes. The accompanying photograph ... more