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  1. Two-piece Royal blue Silk Gown
    1890 - 1900

    Museum of the Riverina

    Historic Significance This gown is known to have been worn by Mrs Basil Bennett at the Murrumbidgee Pastoral & Agricultural Association Show in Wagga Wagga, most probably during the 1890s. It is one of the few pieces of 19th century costume within the Museum's collection which is provenanced to an individual, and associated with a particular local event. It is also unique as a feminine artefact which relates to the social aspect of the Wagga Show, which was often ... more

  2. Royal blue Gown and matching Jacket
    1877 - 1880

    Museum of the Riverina

    Historic Significance Alexander Davidson (Senior), a Scot, and his family arrived at Bullenbong in 1843, at a time when the village of Wagga Wagga had not yet been established. The Davidsons were contemporaries of William Walker & Co. (established Kyeamba c. 1836), the Nixon family (Gregadoo, 1844), John Peter (Gumly Gumly, c. 1840s) and the Best family (Robert Holt Best, Wagga Wagga Run). Unfortunately, it is at present unknown which Mrs Davidson wore this gown. It may have been Marion ... more

  3. Christening gown and petticoat
    1875 - 1890

    Australian History Museum Macquarie University

    The christening gown and petticoat are of historical, social and spiritual significance. They provide accounts of what people believed to be important in their daily lives and how they lived them. Barbara's christening was an important part of the family's religious beliefs, her father was the Minister for the township. Socially they would have been an important and respected family in the township. The dress was brought from England and given to the family. As a garment it ... more

  4. 2 Piece beige silk ensemble
    1878 - 1890

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress is a fine example of formal clothing worn at the end of the 19th century. Although the dress may have been initially made for a wedding it has been subsequently reworn for many an occasion. It has also been altered significantly to fit a larger lady evidenced not only by the waist extension but by the movement of the shoulder seams. It has also seen a change in fashion where some of the ties that may have supported ... more

  5. Mustard two piece outfit for lady
    1880 - 1900

    Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Museum

    This garment is significant as it is part of 100 piece collection of clothes that belonged to the Bayldon family who were important members of Coffs Harbour society from 1870 to the present day. The Bayldons were a very important family in the history of the Sawtell and Toormina region of New South Wales, just South of Coffs Harbour and this is remembered even today. When the local council established a new housing estate near Sawtell it was called Bayldon ... more

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Brocade wedding dress

    Grenfell Historical Society

    This dress was worn by Mary Napier when she married Alfred Hilder in Grenfell on 24 May 1880. Both families came to Grenfell following the discovery of gold in October 1866 and remained after the gold ran out. The dress appears to be hand made and could possibly have been used again on formal occasions. It is significant in that the dress is one of only a few garments that survived from this period that can be directly linked to ... more

  9. 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

  10. Selina Pockley's day dress
    1868 - 1882

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    This day gown was designed with a special bodice that would allow Selina to breast feed her child. As Selina had a total of fifteen children it would have been a very useful garment. The striped taffeta day-gown is dated as C.1868 and is of three pieces the bustle skirt, bodice and bustle. However it also has the additional special bodice with slits for breast feeding that could be worn after the birth of a baby. Selina was the ... more

  11. Waistcoat worn by James Butler

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This waistcoat is a rare provenanced item of men's costume in the Port Macquarie Historical Society collection. It was worn by James Butler [1828-1910], a New Zealand immigrant, at his marriage to Ellen Blair [1833-1901] on 13 December 1853 at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Port Macquarie. The waistcoat is a good example of men's costume. With its silk damask fabric, corded edging, decorative pockets and fine stitching it makes a fashion statement and contradicts commonly held views that ... more

  12. Marjorie Boyling WAAAF uniform
    1943 - 1944

    Evans Head Living Museum Inc.

    This winter WAAAF (Women's Auxilliary Australian Airforce) dress uniform from 1943/4 is complete and in pristine condition. Marjorie Boyling, who owned it, would have looked extremely attractive in this smartly tailored suit. Her gift is an important addition to the WWII collection at Evans Head Living Museum which tells the bittersweet story of the war and the functioning airforce base and training facility there. Government uniforms are well marked with labels and handwritten information and we are able ... more