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  1. Port Arthur Convict Issue Parti-Coloured Waistcoat
    1855 - 1877

    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

    This waistcoat was issued to a convict transported from Britain to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). It was part of the issued uniform given to Port Arthur convicts during the operation of the penal system 1830 - 1877. Seven classes of prisoner were created in 1826 during Governor Arthur's period of office. Clothing for convicts were mostly blue or grey. The lowest convict class wore yellow, the colour then associated with humiliation. Port Arthur was reserved for repeat-offending criminals ... more

  2. Port Arthur Convict Parti-Coloured Uniform Trousers
    1830 - 1877

    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

    These trousers were issued to a convict transported from Britain to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). They were part of the issued uniform given to the Port Arthur convicts during the operation of the penal system on the Tasman Peninsula 1830 - 1877. Seven classes of prisoner were created in 1826 during Governor Arthur's period of office. Clothing for convicts was mostly blue or grey, the lowest convict class were compelled to wear yellow, the colour then associated with humiliation. Port ... more

  3. Port Arthur Convict Issue Parti-Coloured Waistcoat
    1855 - 1877

    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

    This waistcoat was issued to a convict transported from Britain to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). It was part of the issued uniform given to Port Arthur convicts during the operation of the penal system 1830 - 1877. Seven classes of prisoner were created in 1826 during Governor Arthur's period of office. Clothing for convicts were mostly blue or grey. The lowest convict class wore yellow, the colour then associated with humiliation. Port Arthur was reserved for repeat-offending criminals, with ... more

  4. Riding Habit - Edith Lavinia Cameron
    1890 - 1899

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    Riding habit belonging to Edith Lavinia Cameron (nee. Kilby). This ensemble is historically signficant because of its well-documented connection both to the Kilby and Cameron families who were some of the earliest settlers in the Limestone Plains region, later to be incorporated into the Australian Capital Territory.  Despite Edith Cameron owning a riding habit, this is not indicative of superior wealth or status. The Kilbys and Camerons were both of modest means, Robert being a blacksmith before he became ... more

  5. Eddison Family Christening Gown
    1910 - 1911

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    This exquisitely constructed christening gown is significant because of its well-documented provenance and connection to the Eddison family, a prominent family of the Woden Valley district, Canberra. Walter Eddison was allocated land occupying most of the Woden Valley as part of the Soldier Settlement Scheme. Unlike many participants of the scheme, Walter made a success of his venture farming sheep, breeding thoroughbred horses and operating a small dairy. The Eddison family migrated to Australia from England after the First World War and ... more

  6. Queensland Police Officer Country Winter Uniform 1896 - 1946
    1912 - 1913

    Queensland Police Museum

    The Queensland Police Officer Country Winter Uniform is one of the earliest examples of this uniform in Queensland. The fact that the whole uniform, tunic and pants, is in good condition makes this item especially signifiant. It is a hip-length, khaki green woollen tunic with long sleeves. There is nothing elaborate about this tunic, no embroidery, lace or ribbon. It is simply a uniform, designed for practical work-wear purposes. The pants are full-length, khaki as well and made from wool ... more

  7. Queensland Police Commissioner's Dress Tunic
    1927 - 1943

    Queensland Police Museum

    The Queensland Police Commissioner's tunic manufactured between 1927 and 1943 represents an important era in the history of the Queensland Police. The owner of this tunic is most likely to have been Cecil James Carroll, Commissioner of Police between 1934 and 1949. The braided decorations, trimmings and the wool fabric all indicate this tunic was an elaborate garment, worn by someone of a high rank and mostly for ceremonial purposes. It was manufactured by an experienced tailor in the Brisbane City who created a military-style uniform ... more

  8. Queensland Police Inspector Dress Tunic
    1936 - 1950

    Queensland Police Museum

    The Queensland Police Inspector/Sub-Inspector tunic manufactured between 1936 - 1950 sheds light on the Queensland Police Force during the 1930s to late 1940s and on the manufacturing industry in Brisbane during this same period. The owner of the garment is unknown, however, whoever wore this tunic must have been a male Inspector or Sub-Inspector who wore the uniform for ceremonial purposes. The hip-length, black tunic is primarily made from black-dyed wool. It is both a decorative item consisting of intricate black ... more

  9. Flapper Dress of Marjorie Florence Smith
    1925 - 1927

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    A Flapper Gown made of hand painted chiffon and beautifully embellished with sequins, beads and metallic threads. This softly flowing chiffon gown is known as "Autumn Butterflies" due to its patternation. Each butterfly is individually painted and embellished by hand. This gown is known in the Cavalcade collection as "Marnie". Marjorie (Marnie) grew up in a family that had status and privilege within the community. Her grandfather John Smith was not only one of the leading pastoralist but also held ... more

  10. West family christening robe
    1908 - 1915

    Camden Historical Society

    The West family christening robe has historic significance as it was first worn in 1908 and has an accompanying photo taken at that time of Mrs. Adeline West holding baby Kathleen. She had a double christening with her sister, Mrs. Ethel Bowen-Thomas, and her daughter, Elwyn Bowen-Thomas, at Ashfield in 1908. The christening gown is a good example of early twentieth century christening gowns. The robe has aesthetic significance as it is a very attractive and delicate christening robe with lovely ... more

  11. Maud Hodge's wedding dress
    1899

    Camden Historical Society

    This is a significant item in the Camden Museum collection because it is an attractive item, and a good example of the simple and elegant style of a country wedding. It has interesting layers of silk in the bodice and skirt, and net lace at the high neck and lower sleeves. It has lovely features in the embroidery on the central panels of the dress and the sets of hand-covered silk-thread buttons. Although it was worn in 1899 this elegant ... more

  12. Mrs Mary Irvine's (nee Halpin) wedding dress c.1860
    1860

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This well provenanced wedding gown, which is linked to many well known Manning Valley families, dates back to 1860. It is beautiful in its simplicity but clever in its practical design. It appears to have been handmade by a young Irish Catholic migrant, a lady who was preparing to become a mother but would be required to renounce her religion in order to marry the father of the child. There would have been immense social pressure on the couple through ... more