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  1. Boy's special occasion suit
    1900 - 1904

    Campbelltown & Airds Historical Society

    Keith Miller's special ocasion suit is of interest because it represents a style of clothing worn by middle class boys for important events at the turn of the twentieth century. It also provides insight into the shopping practices of rural Australian residents during this time. The blue and cream velvet suit with breeches and sailor style collar was manufacturred by "Victoria House Clothing Company", representing the relatively new trend for stores to merchandise ready-made clothing. Department stores such Farmers ... more

  2. Ada Nash - Wedding Dress
    1928

    Canowindra Historical Museum

    This dress, made by the bride, was very fashionable for the time, reflecting the influence of Coco Chanel who was reponsible for liberating women from corsetry. There are two parts to this dress.  The street length under dress or petticoat is made of a heavier cream pure silk with’ gold metal lace’ attached around the neckline. The outer dress is made of a lighter weight pure silk of the same colour, which gracefully falls in folds from the shoulders.  ... more

  3. 1860s Purple Grey Silk Women's Possible Half Mourning Dress
    1863 - 1865

    National Institute of Dramatic Art

    This purple grey day dress is estimated to originate from approximately 1863-65. It is the only possible half mourning dress in the NIDA Costume Research Collection and it was purchased from the Banana Room in Adelaide 1999. This garment is significant as it is an excellent example of possible mourning dress that is in good condition, and demonstrates good craftsmanship as the garment is sewn completely by hand. This dress has led to several points of research, which gave insight into ... more

  4. Mary Cameron Murray Parkes wedding ensemble
    1883

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This wedding ensemble comprising dress, kid gloves, shoes and orange blossom wreath was worn by Mary Cameron Murray at her wedding on March 21st, 1883 to Varney Parkes, architect, businessman, politician and son of New South Wales Premier and 'Father of Federation', Sir Henry Parkes. The four components, held within the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, are well provenanced and enable us to gain considerable insight into wedding fashions and practices in Sydney in the 1880s. Their provenance also reveals the intricacies of family relationships within ... more

  5. Florence Porter's Wedding Dress
    1909 - 1910

    Miss Porter's House National Trust Newcastle

    Florence Porter’s wedding dress is one of the most significant items in the collection at Miss Potter’s House as it marks the marriage of Florence and Herbert as the familial start point of the House and its people. Because there are exact details of the item’s authenticity it is a good example of a wedding garment of the times. Florence and Herbert Porter were married on 12 January 1910 at All Saints Church, Singleton and lived at 434 King St ... more

  6. Wedding dress worn by Lena Campbell, nee Nicholls
    1908 - 1909

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This is a historically and socially significant and highly valued garment within the Port Macquarie Historical Society's extensive costume collection. It was made by a local woman Maude Keena (nee Cleaver) and worn by Lena (Selina) Nicholls [1889-1973] at her marriage to Joe Campbell [1874-1959] on 10 February 1909, Lena's 20th birthday at the Nicholls family home, 'Carlton', Hamilton (later known as Hibbard), Port Macquarie. The maker of the dress and the costs of the fabric used were ... more

  7. Two-piece wedding dress worn by Martha Bolton
    1874

    Museum of the Riverina

    Historic Significance Martha Devlin's wedding dress provides an indication of the type of wedding dresses worn by regional women of Martha's social standing in 1874. Unfortunately, little is known of Martha herself, with more having been recorded in the historical record about her husband. Alexander Thorley Bolton was a Stock & Station Agent in Forbes, and later Wagga Wagga. He was an Alderman in 1875 and Mayor in 1882 and 1883. Alexander was elected to the State Parliament ... more

  8. Pelisse worn by James Somerville
    1880 - 1890

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    A Pelisse worn during Victorian times by a male child of about three years of age. Boys of the 19th century wore dresses untill the age of four or five. This style is an outer garment worn outdoors and would have been worn with white hose for legs and feet, black shoes and a brimmed straw hat with black velvet ribbon headband. This garment made in the early 1880's is in excellent condition and is a very good example ... more

  9. Striped cotton everyday dress
    1900 - 1910

    Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Museum

    This dress is significant as it is a cotton day dress and such dresses were usually worn everyday until they were only suitable for use as rags. For such a dress to have survived in such good condition is very unusual and adds greatly to the significance of this garment and the collection it belongs to. This dress is also significant as it is part of 100 piece collection of clothes that belonged to the Bayldon family who were important ... more

  10. Black Victorian silk jacquard waistcoat with black lace
    1880 - 1885

    Private collectors

    This beautiful and unusual Jacquard is believed to have belonged to Mary Bozzum Kennedy (Hume), a member of the Hume and related pioneering Australian families, or to her daughter, and is a treasured family heirloom. The garment has been used by subsequent generations as a dress up and as evening wear. more

  11. Miss Vere Chamberlain's day dress
    1898 - 1902

    Armidale Folk Museum

    This is a good example of an outfit worn by a comfortably off working class family in regional Australia - the Chamberlain's owned their own house in Armidale - and can give us an insight into life in Armidale in the late 19th century. The use of wool in this garment is a good indication of how cold Armidale winters could get. The dress is smart styled and may have been Vere's 'Sunday Best' (the clothes she would have worn ... more

  12. Margaret Ewin's wedding dress
    1904

    Millthorpe Golden Memories Museum

    This bridal gown was worn for a society wedding which brought together two pioneering families, the Ewins and the Kinghams, from the Millthorpe district. Margaret Ewin was 27 when she married James Kingham on July 27, 1904. They were married by Archdeacon W. King-Howell at St Matthews Anglican Church, Greghamstown. The winter wedding in this region required a warmer fabric, hence the wool challis which would have been expensive. It is stylishly decorated with lace and silk ribbon, with a ... more