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  1. 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

  2. Joseph Brady's white linen shirt
    1840 - 1849

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This garment is a well preserved example of a mid-nineteenth century Irish linen shirt. This shirt, as indicated by a handwritten laundry mark, was owned by Joseph Brady who is considered to be one of the most accomplished civil engineers to work in Australia during the nineteenth century. Brady was twenty-two years old when he came to Australia and eventually married Adelaide Sarah Keck, the daughter of the infamous Henry Keck who was the first Governor of Darlinghurst Gaol in ... more

  3. Kerr family wedding dress circa 1885

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress is an important symbol of wedding ceremonies in the Manning Valley in the latter part of the 19th century. The quality of the dress is indicative of the importance placed on the ceremony and the social status of the families concerned. more

  4. Ladies black crepe de chine dress
    1930 - 1940

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress may have been worn by either Dorothy or Emily Mathers, sisters who were raised in a strong Methodist family and community. As spinsters, these ladies inherited their family dairy farm which was managed by Mr.Harold Barlin. Like other rural ladies of their generation, they spent their time doing handcrafts, keeping house for Mr Barlin, attending Bible study and contributing to their community. This simple tailored black dress in lovely draping crepe de chine would have been practical ... more

  5. Len Forsythe Boat Cloak

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

    This British Royal Navy Officer's boat cloak dates from c.1900-1939. It is made from fine, worsted, British wool, is hip length and has seams at the sides. We know that the garment was not Australian, as the word 'AUSTRALIA' would be printed on the lower edge of the buttons if that were the case. Boat cloaks were an optional item of dress for navy personnel, worn mainly over full dress, ball dress or mess dress for additional warmth when travelling in ... more

  6. Lilac Edwardian silk gown
    1900 - 1904

    Boorowa And District Historical Society

    The Hume family of Tarengo although not descendants, were directly related to Hamilton Hume the explorer and were an affluent grazier family living in New South Wales at the turn of the century. The gowns were probably worn by Amelia Hume Amelia Hume (Huon) (1856-1905) who was married to Frederick William Hume (1845-1904) the nephew of Hamilton Hume. The dresses are excellent examples of Edwardian fashion and were probably the last gowns Amelia owned before her death in 1905. They demonstrate ... more

  7. Lowe's Suit

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Part of a donation of three pinstriped wool business suits dating from 1950. Two are labelled Lowes Ltd, the third has either been copied from the Lowes suits or was made elsewhere and used as a pattern for the Lowes suits.These suits are excellent and complete examples of men's business suits from the 1950s. The menswear industry was and remains a fairly staid and traditional one with the basic shape of the business suit remaining unchanged for decades ... more

  8. 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

  9. Macedonian traditional costume
    1920 - 1930

    Private collectors

    This hand woven apron is an excellent example of the key element of the splendid traditional costumes worn in Macedonia up until the mid 20th Century. This apron made by Cveta Naumovska was passed down to her daughter Blaguna Nikolovska who brought it with her when she migrated to Port Kembla, south of Wollongong in 1997. For the Macedonian migrants to the Illawarra, a journey across the world transformed this woven rectangle from an integral part of daily life into ... more

  10. Man's Chinese informal court robe

    Australian National Maritime Museum

    This man's Chinese informal court robe, acquired by W. H. Stevens of the Victorian Naval Brigade when he was deployed to China during the Boxer Rebellion, is a fine example of a silk kosu tapestry weave robe. Such dragon robes were worn in China from the 17th to 19th centuries, during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). They were hierarchical garments for male bearers of rank in the Chinese bureaucracy, though were also worn by bridegrooms on their wedding day. Though ... more

  11. Manly-Warringah rugby jersey
    1930 - 1939

    Warringah Council

    This is a well-worn sporting garment from the peak of the Great Depression. The numerous holes and repairs on this jersey speak of a time of thrift and making do. David Jones made this Manly-Warringah Rugby League jersey. It was owned and worn by Alf Henderson of Harbord in the early 1930s. It is significant as a well-provenanced example of a Rugby League jersey from the early days of the league in Australia, and on the Northern Beaches in particular ... more

  12. Mans Brown Leather Trench Coat
    1915 - 1925

    National Institute of Dramatic Art

    This classic leather trench coat is typical of those worn by men in the early 20th Century. Trench coats were developed in the first word war to be worn by allied soldiers as a windbreaker and raincoat. They were made of leather or the newly invented cotton gabardine, a tough, tightly woven, water resistant fabric. After the war many veterans kept their trench coats and the style became fashionable with the wider community. This example has the classic features of ... more