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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Coat dress worn by Mrs Hilda Grinter
    1931 - 1935

    Museum of the Riverina

    Hilda's dress is of Historic and Aesthetic significance. The pattern of the fabric - featuring both gumnuts and Eucalyptus leaves - is uniquely Australian in both its colours, design and quirky nature. This fabric is a good example of pre-World War II synthetic fabric, most likely a type of polyester. The pattern of fabric is bright and unmistakably Australian. The gold gumnuts and green/blue Eucalyptus leaves of this garment pose a stark contrast to conceptions of this period in history ... more

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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