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  1. 1870s House of Worth evening dress
    1870 - 1879

    Grossmann House - National Trust of NSW

    This alleged House of Worth evening dress, an aqua taffeta dress, heavily hand-embroidered in cream and multi-coloured medallions and pearl-trimmed, and owned and worn by Anna Maria Eales, is a historically significant item of clothing. Whilst it is not well provenanced (the dress’ origin is indeterminate), and whilst it is in poor condition, it’s the subject of an interesting narrative, and characteristic of the profusely and exaggeratedly decorated House of Worth dresses of its time. Historically, the dress is an ... more

  2. 1930s Gertrude Mary Vile 'make-do-and-mend' dress
    1920 - 1930

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    The Gertrude Mary Vile Depression-era dress is a cream Fuji silk dress, with an Eton collar, a patch pocket and buttons down front, from the 1920s though patched into the 30s. Gertrude, who lived at Gosforth, a rural community about fourteen kilometres from Maitland, patched and darned what was initially a best dress into a house dress, and it survives Gertrude as a statement on the hardship the people of Maitland and Australia at large experienced during the Great Depression ... more

  3. Bertha Oates Wedding Dress
    1909

    Millthorpe Golden Memories Museum

    This wedding dress was worn by Bertha Oates for her marriage to Charles Willis, held at  Millthorpe Methodist Church on 31st March, 1909.  The dress reflects contemporary fashion with its pouched bodice, high neckline and trumpet-shaped skirt. The family considered their daughter's wedding an important occasion and would have wanted her to have a good dress to wear. The wedding dress was made in Millthorpe by the McGlynn sisters. Bertha and Charles' wedding reception was held at the Oates ... more

  4. Merle Hadley's Black Dress
    1954 - 1964

    Canowindra Historical Museum

    PROVENANCE: BLACK DRESS AND JACKET – ENID MERLE HADLEY. Enid Merle Hadley (known as “Merle”) lived in Canowindra from 1968 to 1971. Her husband, James (“Jim”) Hadley, was manager of the then Rural Bank of New South Wales in Gaskill Street. The manager’s residence was above and behind the banking chamber. They led a very busy life, actively participating in many local organizations and functions. Merle and Jim married in Sydney on 23rd September 1944 when Jim was able to ... more

  5. Printed linen housecoat
    1940 - 1945

    Buda Historic Home and Garden

    This housecoat leads us into the remarkable story of the Leviny family of Castlemaine. Ernest Leviny (1818-1905) was an Hungarian silversmith and jeweller of some repute who in 1853 travelled to the Victorian goldfields and became one of the wealthiest residents in town. In 1864 he married Englishwoman, Bertha Hudson, and they moved into 'Buda', now a historic house museum.  The Leviny's had 10 children, 4 boys and 6 girls. Five of their daughters lived at Buda House for ... more

  6. Tartan skirt worn by Sarah Thomas
    1838 - 1878

    Tongarra Museum

    This skirt was made by Sarah Thomas en route to Australia from England in 1838.  Sarah wore this skirt from its date of manufacture until her death in 1878. Sarah Thomas, nee Waller was born in Kent England in 1808. In 1828 she married William Thomas a carpenter, also from Kent. William, Sarah and the first four of their ten children immigrated to Australia in 1838. They lived at Log Bridge Farm, near Albion Park in NSW were they ... more

  7. Voluntary Aid Detachment uniform worn by Nora Flynn
    1940 - 1945

    Roto House - NPWS

    This Voluntary Aid Detachment Uniform Dress is a rare surviving item of clothing belonging to Nora Flynn [1886-1978]. Nora was born at Port Macquarie and lived at 'Roto', the Flynn family home for most of her life. Nora was the eldest of six children born to John and Jessie (nee McDougall) Flynn and following her education became involved in many local community activities including the Port Macquarie Branch of the Australian Red Cross. Nora's involvement in the Australian Red ... more

  8. Boy's smock
    1891 - 1893

    Dungog Historical Society Inc

    The Edwards family have had a long association with the Dungog region. The garment is of historic significance as it is an every day cotton smock of a boy who was born in 1887 and who died in 1893 from diphtheria. It was made by sewing machine with the button holes sewn by hand, probably by his mother, Mary Edwards. The yoke is made from cream material and the collar is lined with cashmere, probably a scrap from another garment ... more

  9. Tom Carlton's riding silks
    1915 - 1925

    Dungog Historical Society Inc

    These silks are a fine, well-provenanced example of attire worn for competitive horse-riding in the 1920s. They are a vibrant fuschia and bone colour and feature horizontal banded stripes, covered buttons, a high mandarin collar and a draw-string waist. They were worn by Thomas (Tom) Carlton for the high jumping of horses in the Dungog region of New South Wales. Competitive horse high jumping was popular in Australia and much of the developed world in the 1920s and 1930s. In ... more

  10. Men's underpants made from tram destination roll fabric
    1940 - 1945

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    Historic significance: The garment was produced during a time of austerity and frugality. World War II had brought about rationing on a national level on all commodities, from soap to building materials. Ration books and coupon books were the only way to purchase goods and materials, including fabrics for dressmaking, so women looked to other clever ways of making up for the shortfalls in their household requirements. This woman and possibly the other wives of the men working at the ... more

  11. Porter Family wedding gown
    1855 - 1883

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    The dress is made of Silk Taffeta in a plum blue colour that changes when the light hits the material or as you move around the room. The dress was the "best" dress of the owner and not necessarily a wedding dress. The dress was worn for a second time by the daughter of the original owner and would have sentimental value for her because her Mother had previously passed away. A parasol was made for the wedding of the ... more

  12. Cooper family wedding dress
    1906

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    The gown is of local historic interest as it was produced for the wedding of Alice May Chapman and Walter Stephen Cooper- two individuals from premier familes of the area. Both the Cooper and Chapman families have a long history in the Manning Valley dating back to the early to mid 1800's. The Cooper's owning beef properties such as 'Norwood' and the Chapman's in retail trade. The fact that a photograph exists showing the bride in the ... more