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  1. 18th century waistcoat
    1770 - 1780

    Private collectors

    Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a brilliant British explorer, navigator, and cartographer who, among many other achievements, was the first European to document the east coast of Australia. He was sadly killed in Hawaii during a dispute with the locals. This embroidered silk waistcoat was reputedly worn by Captain James Cook and is of great interest to historians. It poses intriguing questions that we hope will, in time, be answered. If it truly belonged to this explorer then it is ... 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. Anna King's Evening dress
    1805

    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

  4. Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) jacket worn by Jean Kennedy
    1942

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This women’s army jacket was worn by Port Macquarie woman Jean Kennedy who enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Women’s Service in 1943. Jean worked in the local chemist shop before enlisting and was one of thirty women residing locally to enlist in the women’s services. A number of local women living outside the Hastings area also enlisted. Like many young women Jean wanted to contribute to the war effort and joined the Port Macquarie Voluntary Aid Detachment to gain ... more

  5. Barn's Family dress
    1825 - 1830

    Illawarra Historical Society

    This is an important and charming printed cotton dress that was worn by a female member of the Barnes family from Lancashire, England. The family believed the dress was worn to Queen Victoria's coronation procession in 1837. The dress, however, dates earlier than this and is likely to have been the woman's best dress from about 1825-1830. The dress was no doubt considered special to be worn for such an occasion. It appears to have been made by ... more

  6. 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

  7. Dress Uniform of New South Wales Lancer
    1895 - 1903

    Richmond River Historical Society Inc.

    On 2nd March 1899 a contingent of the 4th Squadron (Lismore-Casino) left Australia for Aldershot England to train with the Imperial Forces for 6 months. While there the Boer War broke out and on the return journey to Australia the Lancers were ordered to disembark at Cape Town South Africa to take part in the ongoing war. Sixteen men disembarked at Cape Town on 2 November 1899 with a further member of the squadron joining them following his recuperation from ... more

  8. Dress probably worn by Julia Johnston
    1836 - 1840

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress is an extremely rare and significant example of provenanced early colonial Australian dress. Dating from around 1838, it is believed to have been worn by Julia Johnston, the daughter of Lieutenant George Johnston. This dress is an excellent example of late 1830s fashion with its fitted bodice, dropped leg-o-mutton full sleeve and full skirt. The dress appears to have been professionally made with details of piping and precise embroidery worked on the skirt. Julia was born at Annandale ... more

  9. Ellen Drew's wedding dress
    1892

    Pioneer Women's Hut Tumbarumba

    This is the wedding dress of Ellen Mary Bax (nee Drew) when she married Ernest Stephen Bax at the Primitive Methodist church, Mudgee in 1892. A tiny woman, she continued to wear the dress many, many times, most probably as her 'Sunday best'. Made from a strong and expensive fabric, it was very well used. The outfit was well made by a dress maker with a number of alterations over the years, converting the garment from a formal dress to an everyday garment. The colour was ... more

  10. Estonian child's National Costume
    1939 - 1945

    The Oaks Historical Society

    This costume is representative of a traditional Estonian folk dress from Tallinn. It is particularly significant though as it was re-created under extraordinary circumstances: during the second world war by an Estonian inmate of a displaced persons camp in Geislingen, Germany. The intricate method of reconstructing the skirt by sewing repurposed threads onto a backing made out of linen flour bags, as well as using leftover flour bags to alter the shirt, demonstrates how the mentality of 'making do' pervaded ... more

  11. Florence Porter's Wedding Dress
    1909 - 1910

    Miss Porter's House National Trust Newcastle

    Florence Porter’s wedding dress is one of the most significant items in the collection at Miss Potter’s House as it marks the marriage of Florence and Herbert as the familial start point of the House and its people. Because there are exact details of the item’s authenticity it is a good example of a wedding garment of the times. Florence and Herbert Porter were married on 12 January 1910 at All Saints Church, Singleton and lived at 434 King St ... more

  12. Full dress tail coat and cocked hat worn by Jeremiah Linde Jones, Royal Navy Purser
    1832 - 1853

    Braidwood Museum

    This Royal Navy officer’s full dress coat and cocked hat was worn by Jeremiah Linde Jones (c.1796-1866), a ships Purser who settled in the Braidwood area between 1838 and 1845.  The design of the uniform is typical of the highly stylised and regulated full dress uniforms of the Royal Navy during the 1800’s. The cut, colours and trimmings reveal when it was worn and the officer’s rank and branch. The blue/black wool tail coat has a white ... more