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  1. Silver and blue shot silk dress
    1810 - 1813

    National Museum of Australia

    This regency style blue and silver shot silk dress dates from about 1810-1813. Its original owner is believed to have been Devonshire migrant, Ann Deane who arrived in Sydney in 1838 with her son Robert, daughters Ann and Mary and nephew Edgar. Ann's daughters established a private school for young ladies and the family remained in Sydney until 1844, when Mary Deane married William Pitt Faithfull, pastoralist and founder of the pioneering merino stud, Springfield. When Mary moved to ... more

  2. Sisters of Mercy Reception Dress
    1934 - 1935

    Mercy Heritage Centre

    This dress is very significant as it is the only original Reception dress held in the collection of the Mercy Heritage Centre in Brisbane. A Reception dress is important to the Postulant and is worn at a discreet religious ceremony to signify her transition to Novice Sister.    As part of religious training a female enters the Sisters of Mercy as a Postulant –this is a female who aspires to the religious life but who has not yet been admitted into ... more

  3. Skirt worn by Catherine Thomson
    1890 - 1900

    Stanton Library

    A provenanced item in the Costume and Object collection held by Stanton Library in North Sydney. Skirts such as this made from expensive fabrics and with trains were often worn on formal occasions by 'well-to-do' ladies in the Edwardian era. It was made for Catherine Thomson to wear at the opening of the first Australian Parliament at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on 9 May 1901. Opened by The Prince George, Duke of Cornwall and York (later George V ... more

  4. Small black lace cape
    1895 - 1905

    Private collectors

    This cape is of historic significance to Orange. It is hand made from machine and chemical lace. It is in as new condition. Of interest is the fact that the cape has been constructed from one piece of fabric which has been darted and pleated to give it its shape. After Daisy passed away in 1923, the cape was passed into the keeping of Shirley Duckworth's family - both families being friends. It was made for and worn by Daisy ... more

  5. Striped cotton everyday dress
    1900 - 1910

    Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Museum

    This dress is significant as it is a cotton day dress and such dresses were usually worn everyday until they were only suitable for use as rags. For such a dress to have survived in such good condition is very unusual and adds greatly to the significance of this garment and the collection it belongs to. This dress is also significant as it is part of 100 piece collection of clothes that belonged to the Bayldon family who were important ... more

  6. Summer evening gown
    1940 - 1945

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

     This dress is an excellent example of the re- use of materials in a time of scarcity and hardship. It is believed that the fabric was donated by a textile manufacturing firm, possibly from the Hunter Valley, to the Red Cross. They then decide where best to send their donations and parceled it off to Papua New Guinea, to the Australian Army Nurses working there. Unfortunately am unable to find out the name and position of their station. It was ... more

  7. Tapestry woven waistcoat worn by Dugald Thomson.
    1830 - 1850

    Stanton Library

    This waistcoat is a provenanced item of men's clothing held in the North Sydney Heritage Centre costume and object collection. It is an example of clothing that was brought to Australia by settlers from Great Britain in the mid 19th century. Such items were treasured links to the family's heritage. According to the donor (and a note attached to waistcoat) the waistcoat is dated from 1800 and belonged to the Rt Hon Dugald Thomson [1849-1922] whose ancestors (the ... more

  8. Tartan cutaway jacket
    1750 - 1850

    Maclean District Historical Society

    Norman McSween, the Scottish owner of the coat, came as a widower with his family from the Isle of Skye on the “Ontario” in 1852. The Ship’s indent says that they were “a very poor and destitute family”, so perhaps the coat was their one treasure and a reminder of their native land. Norman died aged 46, on the voyage to Australia, so the significance of the coat would have increased, especially to his 6 children aged from 10 to ... more

  9. Tartan skirt worn by Sarah Thomas
    1838 - 1878

    Tongarra Museum

    This skirt was made by Sarah Thomas en route to Australia from England in 1838.  Sarah wore this skirt from its date of manufacture until her death in 1878. Sarah Thomas, nee Waller was born in Kent England in 1808. In 1828 she married William Thomas a carpenter, also from Kent. William, Sarah and the first four of their ten children immigrated to Australia in 1838. They lived at Log Bridge Farm, near Albion Park in NSW were they ... more

  10. Ted Docker's Wool Suit and Scarf
    1930 - 1940

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Ted Docker's suit is a fine example of Australian menswear from the 1930s. Ted Docker was a founding member of the Communist Party of Australia, formed in 1920. The suit is said to have been made by the Communist Party of Australia's own tailor, Tim Stillman, a suggestion supported by the fact that the suit is professionally made, yet has no label. The suit was donated to the Powerhouse Museum collections by Ted's son John Docker in ... more

  11. The Press dress worn by Mrs Matilda Butters
    1866 - 1867

    State Library of Victoria

    This dress belonged to Mrs Matilda Butters, second wife of colourful Melbourne politician and businessman James Stewart Butters. It was first worn at the mayor's fancy dress ball in September 1866, held to celebrate the arrival of the new governor of Victoria, Sir J Manners-Sutton. The dress was constructed from panels of silk printed with the front pages of Melbourne newspapers. The panels were sewn together to form a bodice, sash and full-length crinoline skirt with train. The skirt ... more

  12. Theatre costume worn by Thea Rowe
    1940 - 1950

    Stanton Library

    This is a unique provenanced theatre costume in the Costume and Object collection of Stanton Library. Made and worn by Thea Rowe, an actor, singer and writer. She was born in Balmain in 1907 and died in Waverton in 1992. Thea had a long career in musical theatre. In the 1940s she developed a one-woman show performing traditional British folk songs in costume. She toured extensively giving recitals in schools, music clubs and concert halls. Her husband Breffni Hosking was ... more