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  1. Amy Clarke's swimsuit
    1930 - 1935

    The Oaks Historical Society

    The Clarke Family of Murrumbateman were considered innovators in the development and production of superfine wool. Wollondilly residents, Jim and Judy Rudd, donated 4 items owned and or made by Amy Florence Mary Clarke. Amy's talents were varied as those of a pioneering family often were known to be. She excelled in dressmaking, crochet, embroidery, cooking, preserving, gardening and was a master at recycling. Amy's parents died when she was young and she was raised by her maternal ... more

  2. Nancy Broomfield's 'going away' ensemble
    1859

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This handmade vibrant blue silk taffeta ensemble is a classic example of 1860s period dress. With the classic sloping shoulders, highly fashionable black silk fringing and complex bustle waistband made of many smaller layered peplum-style panels over a full gathered skirt it would be fitting for a young lady of the period anywhere in the world let alone in rural NSW. As a handcrafted garment produced by a woman in rural NSW, it certainly demonstrates that people within these communities ... more

  3. Voluntary Aid Detachment uniform worn by Nora Flynn
    1940 - 1945

    Roto House - NPWS

    This Voluntary Aid Detachment Uniform Dress is a rare surviving item of clothing belonging to Nora Flynn [1886-1978]. Nora was born at Port Macquarie and lived at 'Roto', the Flynn family home for most of her life. Nora was the eldest of six children born to John and Jessie (nee McDougall) Flynn and following her education became involved in many local community activities including the Port Macquarie Branch of the Australian Red Cross. Nora's involvement in the Australian Red ... more

  4. Child's dance costume worn by Pauline Harvey
    1935 - 1940

    Museum of the Riverina

    Pauline Harvey's dance costume is of historic significance. It is a good example of a World War II stage costume; quickly and crudely made from whatever fabrics were available, and probably not intended to last for a long time - there being no necessity for it to survive the wear and tear of everyday living. During her expansive career, Pauline has had numerous costumes, many made either by her mother, or herself. During (or immediately following) the War, Pauline had ... more

  5. Black dress worn by Mrs Jane Crain
    1902 - 1910

    Museum of the Riverina

    This black dress worn by 'Granny' Jane Crain can be viewed as an example of epitomising the hard-working, (often) tough, and industrious pioneering women who helped shape the fledgling township of Wagga Wagga (and the Riverina district). When properly fitted on a mannequin, it belies some of the character of the wearer. It is easy to imagine 'Granny' Crain as being a lady of small stature, with a ramrod straight back, being both upright and forthright in character and bearing ... more

  6. Child's Formal Dress and Accessories
    1913 - 1915

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    A charming group of three items of cream silk satin, embellished with ruching and pearls. The dress is thought to be a flower girls dress, which has matching shoes and bonnet. Hope who is thought to be the wearer of these items was three at the time of her Aunts wedding in Sydney's St James Church June 24,1913, reported in the S.M.H. June 28th. Hope was a well known identity in the Roseville community and was ... more

  7. Silk bodice worn by Hannah Henderson
    1910

    Newcastle Museum

    Hannah Henderson's bodice, worn as part of her bridal ensemble, is a good example of late Edwardian wedding fashions. It is beautifully made, and incorporates many elements which were popular in this period into its design. These include the high neck with lace edged hem, the puffy sleeves which taper into a fitted cuff at bottom, and a rising waistline. The pleats and tucks on the front (bretelles), embroidered flowers on the front panel and also French knot decoration ... more

  8. Cotton flag dress made by Miss Amelia Ellis
    1918 - 1919

    Tinonee Historical Society

    This interesting dress was made for the Victory Parade celebrations held on Australia Day 1919 in the small town of Tinonee on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Communities across Australia celebrated the end of the First World War in a number of ways. Tinonee's Victory Parade included the Town Band, Boy Scouts, school children and citizens dressed in patriotic costumes such as this one made and worn by local dressmaker Miss Amelia Ellis. Australia's participation ... more

  9. Bessie Rouse's black bodice, labelled M.Beattie
    1885 - 1886

    Sydney Living Museums

    This black silk bodice c1885 was worn by Bessie Rouse (1843-1924,) mistress of Rouse Hill House from her marriage in 1874 to Edwin Stephen Rouse (1849-1931) until her death. The bodice is part of the extensive Rouse Hill House & Farm museum collection - the survivors of several generations of Rouse and Terry family from 1870 until the early 1990s - men's, women's, children's and even dolls' clothes. One of the oldest continually occupied houses in Australia, Rouse Hill ... more

  10. Bodice and bolero jacket over-bodice
    1880 - 1900

    Stanton Library

    The bodice and bolero jacket over-bodice are of rare, interpretative historic and social significance. These well-tailored garments made in Australia hold historic significance as evidence of the dressmaking skills accessible in the colony during the second half of the nineteenth century and the importance placed on clothing in a society where the social position of women was judged by their dress, personal behaviour and language. As bespoke mourning apparel made from silk, they are examples of the importance of appearance ... more

  11. 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

  12. Wedding dress worn by Isabella Elizabeth Jobling
    1846

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

      This petite and pretty wedding dress is one of the oldest in the Port Macquarie Historical Society collection. Isabella Elizabeth Jobling [1821-1883] wore this dress for her marriage to Christopher Dawson Fenwick [1815-1895] on 4 August 1846 at St Thomas' Anglican Church, Port Macquarie. The marriage was announced by a notice in the Sydney Morning Herald. The wedding appears to have been a quiet affair consistent with Church of England ceremonies of the period. The style of this dress ... more