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  1. Boy's special occasion suit
    1900 - 1904

    Campbelltown & Airds Historical Society

    Keith Miller's special ocasion suit is of interest because it represents a style of clothing worn by middle class boys for important events at the turn of the twentieth century. It also provides insight into the shopping practices of rural Australian residents during this time. The blue and cream velvet suit with breeches and sailor style collar was manufacturred by "Victoria House Clothing Company", representing the relatively new trend for stores to merchandise ready-made clothing. Department stores such Farmers ... more

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Blundell day dress
    1875 - 1876

    Merimbula Old School Museum

    The dress is a well preserved example of Australian bespoke dressmaking during the late 19th century and is an increasingly rare example of a female day dress of the era. The style and careful disposition of the two patterned fabrics reflects the work of an accomplished dressmaker. Although evening and special occasion costumes are well represented in public collections around the nation, day dresses of the era have not survived to the same extent in moveable cultural heritage collections.  ... more

  6. Paula Stafford Bikini
    1950 - 1960

    Manly Art Gallery & Museum

    Australian designer, Paula Stafford, has been credited with introducing the bikini to Queensland in 1952. This two-piece swimsuit designed by Stafford is significant in its reflection of developments in Australian as well as international swimwear design that conflicted with traditional cultural practice. The success of Stafford's collections can be attributed to her utilisation of the media who were in frenzy over innovative beachwear design that contested conservative social morality standards. After a controversial appearance in a sarong style Stafford ... more

  7. Chrissy Amphlett's School Uniform

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Chrissy Amphlett's iconic school uniform represents the unrestrained performance style of the lead singer of the internationally successful Australian rock band, Divinyls. The navy blue box pleat tunic and white shirt with a Peter Pan collar is one of several school uniforms worn in performance by Amphlett. Amphlett credits the uniform with enabling her to create the persona of the angry, sexually provocative schoolgirl that allowed the band to transcend the Australian pub scene and find international fame. Amphlett ... more

  8. Agnes Thompson's Wedding Dress

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This wedding dress forms part of a collection of wedding attire, including shoes, dress and drawstring purses, which were used by Agnes Thompson on her wedding to Dr George Busby, government medical officer at the Convict Hospital at Bathurst, on 11 January 1833. Thompson and Busby are significant personalities in the colonial development of Bathurst, in country New South Wales, purchasing the first parcels of land in the town and establishing the town's first bank and School of Arts ... more

  9. Qantas Pucci Uniform
    1974 - 1987

    Qantas Heritage Collection

    The Qantas Pucci uniform symbolises the freedom and optimism of the mid 1970s. Designed during the Whitlam era, when Australia was asserting itself on the international stage, and during the social upheavals of the mid-late twentieth century, the uniform broke with tradition. Its feather pattern and bright colours were chosen to represent freedom, youth, 'flower power' and Australian topography. The absence of a hat was a deliberate break from past practices - a sign that the formalities of yester-year were being abandoned. The 'Pucci' represents important developments in the airline industry, as it ... more

  10. 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

  11. 'Gum Blossom' child's fancy dress

    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. Ann Marsden's wedding dress

    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