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  1. Twenties Formal Evening Dress
    1920 - 1930

    Private collectors

    Historic and aesthetic. It is a lovely example of a formal garment worn in the 1920's, requiring considerable dressmaking skills to design and complete. It is a very good example of a roaring twenties dress, few of which survive because of the sheerness of the fabric used and the heavy weights of the beads. more

  2. Max Humfress V's swimming costume
    1906 - 1916

    Manly Art Gallery & Museum

    This very rare example of a young boy's homemade V's dates to around 1911. The images of 3 year old Max Humfress wearing them add tremendous interest and value to this garment. The provenance is enhanced by the appliqued letters 'MH' on the front. They are the only child's 'V's' and one of the earliest 'V's'- in the Manly Museum and Art Gallery collection. 'V's' are cotton, roughly made, V-shaped costumes for men from ... more

  3. Regimental Jacket worn by Dr. John Vaughan Thompson
    1830 - 1836

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This regimental dress jacket is significant for its association with the NSW penal colony and with the Sydney convict hospital, also known as the ‘Rum’ hospital in particular. The jacket belonged to Dr John Vaughan Thompson of the Royal Army Medical Corps, a medical doctor and zoologist who migrated to New South Wales in 1836 to serve as the first Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals at the Sydney penal settlement following a reorganisation of medical services.   Convict hospitals were established ... more

  4. 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

  5. Boy's black velveteen suit
    1928 - 1930

    Griffith Pioneer Park Museum

    This boy's suit is one of three black velveteen suits made in the 1920s for Ori, Roy and Leo Pastega, the sons of an Italian migrant family. The suits were made by the boys' mother Luigia Pastega. The skills required to produce such garments were attained by Luigia as a young girl in Italy. Many Italian women excelled in such fine work, including the making of clothing, lace, knitting and embroidery. The Pastega's emigrated from northern Italy and ... more

  6. De Bortoli cream silk 1920s wedding dress
    1928 - 1929

    De Bortoli Family

    This cream silk wedding dress was worn by Giuseppina (Pineta) Bisa for her marriage to Vittorio De Bortoli in 1929 at Bilbul, near Griffith, New South Wales. The dress was purchased from a French catalogue when Giuseppina was working as a maid for a wealthy family in Lyon in France, saving for her fare to Australia. After the wedding, Giuseppina altered the dress so it could be worn for evening occasions. She removed the sleeves and lace fringing, storing these ... more

  7. 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

  8. Hilda Smith's black silk satin and lace dress
    1908 - 1912

    Griffith Pioneer Park Museum

    This dress is a significant example of a well provenanced stylish dress worn for special occasions by a pioneering woman. This well-made black dress belonged to Hilda Mabel Smith, nee Spencer who was born in Braidwood in 1884. The dress may have been made during a trip to Sydney between 1908 and 1912. Hilda came from a family of pioneering horsemen of the Snowy Mountains river region and married Neil Smith in April 1914. Hilda and Neil spent several years ... more

  9. Boy's smock
    1891 - 1893

    Dungog Historical Society Inc

    The Edwards family have had a long association with the Dungog region. The garment is of historic significance as it is an every day cotton smock of a boy who was born in 1887 and who died in 1893 from diphtheria. It was made by sewing machine with the button holes sewn by hand, probably by his mother, Mary Edwards. The yoke is made from cream material and the collar is lined with cashmere, probably a scrap from another garment ... 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. 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. 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