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  1. Blacker Twins' purple blouses
    1905 - 1912

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    Historic, aesthetic and social significance because of the rarity of a pair of garments worn by twins. The different trimmings on the blouses indicates that the women were conscious of a need to tell them apart. They are associated with a family with a long connection with the Quirindi district with descendants who are still in the Quirindi community. These attractive blouses were for fashionable occasions. The embroidered floral trim shows it was for special occasions and not for every ... more

  2. Christening gown with shawl and bonnet
    1892

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    This outfit is significant in several categories - historic, aesthetic, social and spiritual: also its rarity and association with prominent Quirindi families. Much handwork has gone into the production of this set of garments, for a special family event, a religious ceremony and an occasion for family celebration. This beautifully embroidered christening gown, with shawl and bonnet is believed to be the christening robe of Mary Elizabeth Cobbett. Mary was born at Balmoral, New South Wales on November 24th 1892, the ... more

  3. Wedding dress and accessories
    1926

    Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society

    This dress and accessories are important items pertaining to the Gilgandra Shire being made and worn by the daughter of one of the early settlers of the district. On her marriage she became a member of another longstanding family in the area and their offspring continue to farm, live and be active in many public and social groups in the Shire. more

  4. Blue silk wedding dress
    1840 - 1843

    Sydney Living Museums

    This charming hand stitched wedding gown is a unique and fine example of a provenanced Australian dress. It was worn by Margaret Drummond Gentle for her wedding to the Rev. William Grant in Perthshire, Scotland in June 1845 and then passed to Margaret Ross Steel by Miss Barbara Grant, a daughter of the original owner. A full length seated photograph by Alma Studio of Margaret Steel wearing the dress in about 1938 is in the Meroogal collection. The silk is ... more

  5. 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

  6. Annette Kellerman costume
    1914 - 1920

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This two-piece costume belonged to the famous Australian, Annette Kellerman, whose childhood love of swimming not only saw her overcome Rickets, but become a world champion swimmer and famous star of stage and screen. As a swimmer, Annette began setting new sprint and distance records when she was sixteen, and in 1905 she became the first woman to attempt the English Channel. Her talent for diving and dancing (particularly ballet) became the basis of an underwater mermaid act which she ... more

  7. Ladies black crepe de chine dress
    1930 - 1940

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress may have been worn by either Dorothy or Emily Mathers, sisters who were raised in a strong Methodist family and community. As spinsters, these ladies inherited their family dairy farm which was managed by Mr.Harold Barlin. Like other rural ladies of their generation, they spent their time doing handcrafts, keeping house for Mr Barlin, attending Bible study and contributing to their community. This simple tailored black dress in lovely draping crepe de chine would have been practical ... more

  8. Beaded dress made by Miss Una Simpson
    1925 - 1926

    Museum of the Riverina

    This dress is of historic and aesthetic significance, and is one of only a handful of 1920s dresses in the Museum's collection. Even though we know little of the dressmaker Miss Una Simpson, the bead-work and design is exceptional. It is a visible reminder of the fashion trends of the 1920s, a period in fashion history when the formality of the Edwardian period relaxed and the excitement of 'modernity' clashed head-on to create a legacy of truly unique garments ... more

  9. 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

  10. 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

  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