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  1. 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

  2. William Charles Wentworth court costume
    1855 - 1865

    Sydney Living Museums

    The coat and breeches are of fine dark blue wool and silk cloth. The waistcoat is ivory silk. The buttons are of cut and polished steel. The edges of the front panels of the waistcoat are embroidered with the floral emblems of England (the rose), Scotland (the thistle) and Ireland (the shamrock). A bicorn hat, of black silk with marcasite and cut-and-polished steel decoration, was carried folded flat under the arm. This court costume was made for William Charles Wentworth ... more

  3. Ball gown possibly worn by Ann Marsden
    1822

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This 'Empire' style muslin gown and petticoat is one of a number of costumes in the Museum's collection that were worn by the Marsden family, and is believed to have been worn by Ann Marsden (1794 - 1885) to the Government House Ball in 1822. Ann was the daughter of Elizabeth Marsden and Reverend Samuel Marsden, a prominent figure in colonial New South Wales. On 1 January 1793, Marsden accepted the appointment as assistant to the chaplain of New South ... more

  4. Manly-Warringah rugby jersey
    1930 - 1939

    Warringah Council

    This is a well-worn sporting garment from the peak of the Great Depression. The numerous holes and repairs on this jersey speak of a time of thrift and making do. David Jones made this Manly-Warringah Rugby League jersey. It was owned and worn by Alf Henderson of Harbord in the early 1930s. It is significant as a well-provenanced example of a Rugby League jersey from the early days of the league in Australia, and on the Northern Beaches in particular ... more

  5. Ute Bierbaumer's lederhosen
    1940 - 1945

    Albury Library Museum

    These lederhosen were owned and worn by Ute Bierbaumer during her stay at the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre. She and her family arrived at Bonegilla in the 1950s and stayed for several years. The lederhosen are part of the Bonegilla Collection, a significant collection of over 1,400 pieces held at the Albury Library Museum. Costume plays a major role in the Bonegilla Collection and over several years many examples of costume have been donated by those people ... more

  6. Christening gown made by Hannah Henderson
    1912

    Newcastle Museum

    Historic. This humble little christening gown was worn by at least one child born to Hannah and George Henderson, in the opening years of the 20th century. Their first child, a son, was born on the fateful date 15 April 1912, the day the RMS 'Titanic' sank. Even though it is not known who made this gown, it is a lovely example of early 20th century recycling and 'making-do', being made from the skirt of Hannah's wedding dress. As ... more

  7. Ted Docker's Wool Suit and Scarf
    1930 - 1940

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Ted Docker's suit is a fine example of Australian menswear from the 1930s. Ted Docker was a founding member of the Communist Party of Australia, formed in 1920. The suit is said to have been made by the Communist Party of Australia's own tailor, Tim Stillman, a suggestion supported by the fact that the suit is professionally made, yet has no label. The suit was donated to the Powerhouse Museum collections by Ted's son John Docker in ... more

  8. Berlei remedial corset reference sample
    1932 - 1934

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This corset is part of the much larger Berlei Collection, which contains underwear and corsetry from 1869 to 1980s. Most of the underwear in the collection was designed and made by Berlei in either Australia or England, while pieces that predate the company were part of Berlei's own collection of historical undergarments. The Berlei Collection reflects the changing nature of women's fashion in Australia, and represents the history of a highly successful Australian company and all its achievements ... more

  9. Berlei promotional daisy bra and panties
    1970

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This bikini is part of the much larger Berlei Collection, which contains underwear and corsetry from 1869 to 1980s. Most of the underwear in the collection was designed and made by Berlei in either Australia or England, while pieces that predate the company were part of Berlei's own collection of historical undergarments. The Berlei Collection reflects the changing nature of women's fashion in Australia, and represents the history of a highly successful Australian company and all its achievements ... more

  10. Rawdon Island Football Club Blazer
    1931

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This sporting blazer evidences the local rugby league second grade competition final between Port Macquarie B's and Rawdon Island in 1931. The final conducted by the Hastings District Rugby League was won by Rawdon Island and this blazer was presented to the Rawdon Island Football Club's Patron Myles Downes [1881-1969] presumable in recognition of his support and encouragement of the team. Rawdon Island, a small farming community 20 kilometres west of Port Macquarie was once a thriving community ... more

  11. Estonian child's National Costume
    1939 - 1945

    The Oaks Historical Society

    This costume is representative of a traditional Estonian folk dress from Tallinn. It is particularly significant though as it was re-created under extraordinary circumstances: during the second world war by an Estonian inmate of a displaced persons camp in Geislingen, Germany. The intricate method of reconstructing the skirt by sewing repurposed threads onto a backing made out of linen flour bags, as well as using leftover flour bags to alter the shirt, demonstrates how the mentality of 'making do' pervaded ... more

  12. Bikini and beach jacket worn by Maureen Cooke
    1944

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This outfit is the oldest in Maureen Cooke's extensive private collection, most of which records in detail her career as a fashion designer and seamstress during the 1950s to 1970s. This beach outfit made in 1944 by Maureen at the age of fourteen is all that remains of her earlier work. It shows that even then Maureen was destined to bigger and better things in the fashion world. It is bold and makes a statement. Wearing a two-piece swimsuit ... more