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  1. Underwear belonging to Edith Lavinia Cameron
    1890 - 1899

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    These under garments, worn by Edith Lavinia Cameron, are of considerable historical signficance because of their connection to one of Canberra's most prominent pastoral families (see Item ID 526) and their rarity. Underwear is poorly represented in museum collections, the extensive wear-and-tear caused by frequent use and laundering meant that garments were often thrown away before they could be collected and preserved. The status of underwear as everyday items of clothing, rather than reserved for special occassion also meant they ... more

  2. Violet Armstrong's Life Saving Club Swimsuit
    1930 - 1945

    Manly Art Gallery & Museum

    This one piece costume belonged to Violet Smith (nee Armstrong) who during the 1920s and 1930s established herself as a champion athlete in swimming, hockey, golf, tennis, athletics and riding in Sydney. During her life Violet had a lifelong association with the Manly area and in particular the Manly Life Saving Club, where this swimsuit originates. This swimming costume is an original Manly Life Saving Club silk racing swimsuit from the 1930s. Manly Life Saving Club was established after a ... more

  3. Waistcoat worn by James Butler
    1853

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This waistcoat is a rare provenanced item of men's costume in the Port Macquarie Historical Society collection. It was worn by James Butler [1828-1910], a New Zealand immigrant, at his marriage to Ellen Blair [1833-1901] on 13 December 1853 at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Port Macquarie. The waistcoat is a good example of men's costume. With its silk damask fabric, corded edging, decorative pockets and fine stitching it makes a fashion statement and contradicts commonly held views that ... more

  4. Wedding dress worn by Lena Campbell, nee Nicholls
    1908 - 1909

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This is a historically and socially significant and highly valued garment within the Port Macquarie Historical Society's extensive costume collection. It was made by a local woman Maude Keena (nee Cleaver) and worn by Lena (Selina) Nicholls [1889-1973] at her marriage to Joe Campbell [1874-1959] on 10 February 1909, Lena's 20th birthday at the Nicholls family home, 'Carlton', Hamilton (later known as Hibbard), Port Macquarie. The maker of the dress and the costs of the fabric used were ... more

  5. Wedding dress, brown silk and green brocade
    1883

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This well worn and altered wedding dress is a good example of a woman's best dress worn as a wedding dress. It was worn by Maria Harper (nee Mulligan) [1856-1894] at her marriage to Samuel Harper [1855-1916] on 29 August, 1883 at Armidale, New South Wales. The dress is well worn, evidencing its wear on many subsequent occasions. This dress is also a fine representative example of a late 19th Century dress, with its well fitted front buttoning bodice ... more

  6. Wedding outfit
    1877

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    A stylish outfit with aesthetic appeal. This dress has been cut to fit the shape of the body really well. It is not a wedding dress as such, but a "best" dress worn for church or shopping in town and not an every day dress. Historical and social significance because of its association with a well-known and respected family. It is rare and unique, an important family heirloom. There is a family connection with our other wedding dress submitted to ... more

  7. William Charles Wentworth court costume
    1855 - 1865

    Sydney Living Museums

    The coat and breeches are of fine dark blue wool and silk cloth. The waistcoat is ivory silk. The buttons are of cut and polished steel. The edges of the front panels of the waistcoat are embroidered with the floral emblems of England (the rose), Scotland (the thistle) and Ireland (the shamrock). A bicorn hat, of black silk with marcasite and cut-and-polished steel decoration, was carried folded flat under the arm. This court costume was made for William Charles Wentworth ... more

  8. Wylie's Baths Swimming Costume
    1900 - 1910

    Randwick District and Historical Society

    Standard issue, one-size-fits-all bathing suit hired out to patrons of Wylie's Baths; a garment which demonstrates considerable historical signficance because of its unusual design. In an era when the construction and style of bathing suits was strongly distinguished between men and women, this garment appears to be unisex, with the only part which adjusts according to the shape of the wearer is the drawstring around the neck. The garment nevertheless reflects contemporary concerns with maintaining modesty over mobility whilst ... more