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  1. Elen Ferguson's Blue Silk Wedding Dress
    1839

    Private collectors

    This dress is an example of a working-class wedding dress which may have been used carefully on other occasions as a 'best' dress. It does not appear to have been 'made over' after going out of fashion. more

  2. Regalia Of Lord Carrington
    1888 - 1890

    Museum of Freemasonry

    Lord Carrington was the force that gathered Freemasonry into New South Wales into one cohesive group. At that time he was also Governor of New South Wales. The regalia is a beautiful work of art of some significance due to the skill of the work undertaken and even more so when considered that this was all done by hand. His personal Standard is all hand painted on silk. more

  3. Day dress made by David Jones Limited
    1890 - 1900

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress is significant as the earliest labelled David Jones outfit in the Powerhouse Museum's collection. It was made by David Jones in Sydney about 1895. Established in 1838, David Jones is the oldest department store in the world still trading today. By 1880, fashionable ready-made clothing could be bought from city department stores like David Jones and Anthony Horderns. Alternatively, a length of fabric could be bought and made up into an outfit like this one for the ... more

  4. Queen Victoria's nightdress
    1900 - 1901

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This nightdress is significant for its association with the longest reigning British monarch Queen Victoria [1819-1901], Queen of England and Ireland 1837 to 1901. Whilst many souvenirs were produced to mark the reign of Queen Victoria and particularly her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, her Golden Jubilee in 1887 and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, items of Queen Victoria's clothing are relatively rare. It is believed that her large wardrobe including underwear items were dispersed to members of ... more

  5. Dressing gown worn by Mrs Hazel McRae
    1938

    Newcastle Museum

    This garment is a charming example of a homemade knitted dressing gown, which, in its colour and fabric is evocative of the interwar period. Although a woollen knitted garment does not immediately call to mind the romance associated with a honeymoon, the flowing lines and vibrancy of the blue Jacquard silk lining perfectly balances practicality (being created between the Great Depression and World War II) and femininity. Hazel was 32 years of age when she married, and her husband 48 ... more

  6. West family christening robe
    1908 - 1915

    Camden Historical Society

    The West family christening robe has historic significance as it was first worn in 1908 and has an accompanying photo taken at that time of Mrs. Adeline West holding baby Kathleen. She had a double christening with her sister, Mrs. Ethel Bowen-Thomas, and her daughter, Elwyn Bowen-Thomas, at Ashfield in 1908. The christening gown is a good example of early twentieth century christening gowns. The robe has aesthetic significance as it is a very attractive and delicate christening robe with lovely ... more

  7. Ah Bong's silk shirt
    1915 - 1925

    Albury Library Museum

    A pale blue grey silk Chinese shirt with detachable collar belonging to Mr. Ah Bong, a Chinese man employed by S.M. Abikhair as a hawker to travel around the Albury district selling haberdashery to farms and communities during the early 1920s. It is beautifully made of fine quality silk, and characteristic in style and manufacture of a long tradition of Chinese dress. The story of this garment is significant in the history of Albury. It represents two groups of ... more

  8. Regimental Jacket worn by Dr. John Vaughan Thompson
    1830 - 1836

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This regimental dress jacket is significant for its association with the NSW penal colony and with the Sydney convict hospital, also known as the ‘Rum’ hospital in particular. The jacket belonged to Dr John Vaughan Thompson of the Royal Army Medical Corps, a medical doctor and zoologist who migrated to New South Wales in 1836 to serve as the first Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals at the Sydney penal settlement following a reorganisation of medical services.   Convict hospitals were established ... more

  9. Child's 1885 silk dress
    1885

    Albury Library Museum

    This child's purple/blue silk dress features in a photograph of 4 year old Pauline Ries in 1940. The dress was donated to the Albury City Collection by Sister Clare Ries, among several other objects. It is not known who owned or wore this dress, possibly a member of the Ries and Dallinger families of Albury. Both of these families came to Albury with several other German families in the late 1850s. It has been suggested that it is ... more

  10. Berlei historic corset
    1885 - 1890

    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. This corset predates the company and is thought to have been 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 ... more

  11. Christening gown made by Jane Kaltenbacher
    1882

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This christening gown has been used by three generations of the Kaltenbach(er) family from 1882 to 1938. The Kaltenbach family migrated to Australia from England in 1886. It is understood the gown was made by Jane Kaltenbach(er) in 1882 for the christening of her first child Christian and was worn by each of her subsequent children including her second child Ferdinand. The gown was then worn by Ferdinand's son Ronald in 1907 and by Ronald's daughter ... more

  12. John Wardrobe's pith sun helmet
    1889 - 1901

    The Oaks Historical Society

    The sun helmet is in its original condition and made from materials currently in use in India in the late 19th century. The shola-pith material could be soaked in water to keep the wearer's head cool in hot weather. Later versions used cork as the main construction. It is therefore a rare example of colonial headgear used in wartime. The historic significance of the object relates to the ownership by John Wardrobe, a one time Alderman of the inaugural ... more