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  1. Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) Uniform worn by Ena Wilson
    1942

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This Women’s Australian Auxiliary Air Force (WAAAF) uniform consisting of a navy blue woollen serge dress jacket and skirt, was worn by Ena Maude Wilson from “Willesbro” Rollands Plains, who served as a Motor Transport Driver at Richmond Air Force base in Sydney from September 1942 to November 1945. Ena was one of thirty women who resided in the Hastings area at the time of their enlistment in the services during World War II.  Ena and eight (8) of ... more

  2. Queensland Police Officer Country Winter Uniform 1896 - 1946
    1912 - 1913

    Queensland Police Museum

    The Queensland Police Officer Country Winter Uniform is one of the earliest examples of this uniform in Queensland. The fact that the whole uniform, tunic and pants, is in good condition makes this item especially signifiant. It is a hip-length, khaki green woollen tunic with long sleeves. There is nothing elaborate about this tunic, no embroidery, lace or ribbon. It is simply a uniform, designed for practical work-wear purposes. The pants are full-length, khaki as well and made from wool ... more

  3. Dawn Waterhouse's Ball Gown
    1954

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    This ballgown, sewn from red satin and tulle and trimmed in white silk, was worn by Dawn Waterhouse to the State Ball in honour of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. The gown forms part of the Calthorpe House Collection, itself historically signficant. Not only does the house document fifty years of continuous occupation by the Calthorpe family, but is a relatively intact example of Australian domestic architecture and interior design originating from the 1920s. Its contents, funishings and gardens represent ... more

  4. Prue Acton Ski Suit for Australian Team at Innsbruck Winter Olympics
    1975

    Thredbo Historical Society and Ski Museum

    “Australia’s ‘golden girl of fashion’ Prue Acton became famous because her bold designs reflected the moods of her times, the 1960s to 1980s.  Amongst Ms Acton’s many achievements was the design of uniforms for every Australian Summer and Winter Olympic contingent between 1976 and 1988 – for which she won international accolades.  Ms Acton sought to divert attention from green towards gold (with black or navy blue) as the recommended national palette, but the attempt finally failed with ... more

  5. Iced VoVo Dress
    2009

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    The Iced VoVo dress by fashion label Romance Was Born is cheeky take on an iconic Australian biscuit. Designers, Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales are well known for their portrayal of Australian kitsch and use of traditional craft techniques. Shown at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2009/2010 as part of the Doilies and Pearls, Oysters and Shells collection it was widely covered by both newspapers and magazines. This Iced VoVo dress is significant as an example of unique and original ... more

  6. Qantas Pucci Uniform
    1974 - 1987

    Qantas Heritage Collection

    The Qantas Pucci uniform symbolises the freedom and optimism of the mid 1970s. Designed during the Whitlam era, when Australia was asserting itself on the international stage, and during the social upheavals of the mid-late twentieth century, the uniform broke with tradition. Its feather pattern and bright colours were chosen to represent freedom, youth, 'flower power' and Australian topography. The absence of a hat was a deliberate break from past practices - a sign that the formalities of yester-year were being abandoned. The 'Pucci' represents important developments in the airline industry, as it ... more

  7. Chrissy Amphlett's School Uniform
    1994

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Chrissy Amphlett's iconic school uniform represents the unrestrained performance style of the lead singer of the internationally successful Australian rock band, Divinyls. The navy blue box pleat tunic and white shirt with a Peter Pan collar is one of several school uniforms worn in performance by Amphlett. Amphlett credits the uniform with enabling her to create the persona of the angry, sexually provocative schoolgirl that allowed the band to transcend the Australian pub scene and find international fame. Amphlett ... more

  8. Blundell day dress
    1875 - 1876

    Merimbula Old School Museum

    The dress is a well preserved example of Australian bespoke dressmaking during the late 19th century and is an increasingly rare example of a female day dress of the era. The style and careful disposition of the two patterned fabrics reflects the work of an accomplished dressmaker. Although evening and special occasion costumes are well represented in public collections around the nation, day dresses of the era have not survived to the same extent in moveable cultural heritage collections.  ... more

  9. 19th century convict jacket
    1855 - 1880

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    For convicts transported to the colonies of Australia, inadequate and inappropriate clothing was just one of the many hardships to be endured. Convicts were issued with prison clothing such as this jacket, often of the coarse, ready-made, loose fitting variety known as 'slops'. This clothing was impractical for the Australian climate and uncomfortable since the woollen fabric was coarse and cheap. These clothes were intended to humiliate convicts and this was part of the punishment. The parti colouring meant that ... more

  10. Wedding dress, brown silk and green brocade
    1883

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This well worn and altered wedding dress is a good example of a woman's best dress worn as a wedding dress. It was worn by Maria Harper (nee Mulligan) [1856-1894] at her marriage to Samuel Harper [1855-1916] on 29 August, 1883 at Armidale, New South Wales. The dress is well worn, evidencing its wear on many subsequent occasions. This dress is also a fine representative example of a late 19th Century dress, with its well fitted front buttoning bodice ... more

  11. Dress probably worn by Julia Johnston
    1836 - 1840

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress is an extremely rare and significant example of provenanced early colonial Australian dress. Dating from around 1838, it is believed to have been worn by Julia Johnston, the daughter of Lieutenant George Johnston. This dress is an excellent example of late 1830s fashion with its fitted bodice, dropped leg-o-mutton full sleeve and full skirt. The dress appears to have been professionally made with details of piping and precise embroidery worked on the skirt. Julia was born at Annandale ... more

  12. Wedding outfit
    1877

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    A stylish outfit with aesthetic appeal. This dress has been cut to fit the shape of the body really well. It is not a wedding dress as such, but a "best" dress worn for church or shopping in town and not an every day dress. Historical and social significance because of its association with a well-known and respected family. It is rare and unique, an important family heirloom. There is a family connection with our other wedding dress submitted to ... more