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  1. Audrey Capuano's stars and stripes jumper
    1945 - 1946

    Australian National Maritime Museum

    This jumper reflects the experience of one Australian woman during World War II, who became an American War Bride and moved to the USA to start a new life and a family with her G.I. husband. The Stars and Stripes pattern reflects national identity and patriotism; a confirmation that she was prepared to leave home and family and become an American wife and mother. more

  2. Cream velvet wedding dress
    1944

    Glen Innes & District Historical Society

    A beautiful example in excellent condition of a wedding dress worn by a bride from a prominent local grazing family of the Glen Innes district. The wedding was during the final years of the Second World War and the dress was made of fabric which would have been hard to come by at that time. The bride, Beryl Foot, and her groom, Lionel Smith, owned and operated a local grazing property 'Oaklands' which was well know for its wool production ... more

  3. Theatre costume worn by Thea Rowe
    1940 - 1950

    Stanton Library

    This is a unique provenanced theatre costume in the Costume and Object collection of Stanton Library. Made and worn by Thea Rowe, an actor, singer and writer. She was born in Balmain in 1907 and died in Waverton in 1992. Thea had a long career in musical theatre. In the 1940s she developed a one-woman show performing traditional British folk songs in costume. She toured extensively giving recitals in schools, music clubs and concert halls. Her husband Breffni Hosking was ... more

  4. Pink wool bodice and skirt
    1883 - 1886

    National Museum of Australia

    This fine wool dress dates from about 1885 and belonged to one of the daughters of pastoralist, William Pitt Faithfull, founder of the pioneering merino stud, Springfield. The tight fitting, boned bodice and bustled skirt decorated with lace flounces and frills are of the style fashionable among the middle and upper classes in Britain and Europe during this period. In a maturing colony female free settlers and their Australian-born daughters used fashion to maintain and reinforce their social status within ... more

  5. Wedding Dress worn by Christina Winifred Howell
    1935

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This very simple looking dress reflects the bias cut, draped design and cowl neckline made popular in the 1930s by French designer Madeleine Vionnet. The dress was worn by Christina Winifred Nourse, known as Win [1905-1996] for her marriage to Ronald Howell [1910-2005] on 5 September 1935 at Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle, NSW. During the 1930s and particularly following the Great Depression 1930-1934, women's clothing began to be mass-produced. Large department stores such as Grace Brothers, Myer and Georges rapidly ... more

  6. Silver and blue shot silk dress
    1810 - 1813

    National Museum of Australia

    This regency style blue and silver shot silk dress dates from about 1810-1813. Its original owner is believed to have been Devonshire migrant, Ann Deane who arrived in Sydney in 1838 with her son Robert, daughters Ann and Mary and nephew Edgar. Ann's daughters established a private school for young ladies and the family remained in Sydney until 1844, when Mary Deane married William Pitt Faithfull, pastoralist and founder of the pioneering merino stud, Springfield. When Mary moved to ... more

  7. Hand woven and natural dyed Paisley Silk Shawl
    1824

    Private collectors

    The importance of this garment, especially within the family history, is quite significant. The story of its existence has been passed down through the eldest daughter and always referred to as "The Shawl". As a wedding gift, it would have been treasured by Jean Nisbet, and as a Mother, passing it onto her daughter, Allison, to wear on her wedding day, shows how it was. These types of hand woven shawls, where not cheap, and to have something so beautifully ... more

  8. Ada Cummings' Lace Blouse
    1900 - 1908

    Private collectors

    This white lace and net blouse was made and worn by Ada Cummings, nee Owen. Ada was born in 1882, the second daughter of Stanley and Catherine Owen of Indigo, Victoria. She was born during the gold mining era and her father was the owner of the local store, hotel and post office on the diggings at Indigo. Ada's mother, Catherine, taught her to sew at a young age. This blouse is a fine example of lace, detailed design ... more

  9. Gillett Sisters' Charleston dress
    1925 - 1928

    Albury Library Museum

    This 1920s dress was donated by Daintry Heywood and she was possibly the owner. It was worn by one of the three Gillett sisters and is an important part of a significant collection donated to Albury City. This black silk taffeta dress, described by the donor as a Charleston dress, was donated in 1968. The style is characteristic of the 1920s with its dropped waist and loose fitting design. But, it is the aesthetic quality of the embroidery and beading ... more

  10. Wedding dress of Mrs Rebecca Irvine
    1905

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress is an important and well provenanced wedding gown. It was made to be worn at a celebration that would see the joining of two of the Upper Manning's prominent farming families the Summervilles and the Irvines. Upon examination of both Mary Halpin and Rebecca Summerville's gowns, we appreciate the economic growth experienced from the mid to late 1880s; pioneers harvesting the rich virgin hard wood and cedar forests around the Mid North Coast and in turn ... more

  11. Full length Top Coat
    1942 - 1943

    Private collectors

    This coat and hat were worn by Nydia Ede, campaigner, volunteer and local politician in Broken Hill. Nydia formed the Women’s Auxiliary Branch of the ALP in Broken Hill and served as its Secretary, Treasurer and President, in which capacity she campaigned for women’s rights, particularly the issue of equal pay for equal work. Her political efforts culminated in her election to the Broken Hill City Council in 1962. In the tightly union controlled mining industry this was an important ... more

  12. Lilac Edwardian silk gown
    1900 - 1904

    Boorowa And District Historical Society

    The Hume family of Tarengo although not descendants, were directly related to Hamilton Hume the explorer and were an affluent grazier family living in New South Wales at the turn of the century. The gowns were probably worn by Amelia Hume Amelia Hume (Huon) (1856-1905) who was married to Frederick William Hume (1845-1904) the nephew of Hamilton Hume. The dresses are excellent examples of Edwardian fashion and were probably the last gowns Amelia owned before her death in 1905. They demonstrate ... more