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  1. Diver's suit and equipment
    1914 - 1952

    Jervis Bay Maritime Museum (formerly Lady Denman Heritage Complex)

    This dress and apparatus are representative of the traditional diver's equipment in use from the early 1830s until the 1960s. It is also representative of a past era in the history of oyster farming, an industry that is still important to the economy of the New South Wales South Coast. It is unusual to have such a complete set of diver's equipment in relatively good condition and with such strong provenance covering three generations. more

  2. Skirt worn by Catherine Thomson
    1890 - 1900

    Stanton Library

    A provenanced item in the Costume and Object collection held by Stanton Library in North Sydney. Skirts such as this made from expensive fabrics and with trains were often worn on formal occasions by 'well-to-do' ladies in the Edwardian era. It was made for Catherine Thomson to wear at the opening of the first Australian Parliament at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on 9 May 1901. Opened by The Prince George, Duke of Cornwall and York (later George V ... more

  3. Dress Uniform of New South Wales Lancer
    1895 - 1903

    Richmond River Historical Society Inc.

    On 2nd March 1899 a contingent of the 4th Squadron (Lismore-Casino) left Australia for Aldershot England to train with the Imperial Forces for 6 months. While there the Boer War broke out and on the return journey to Australia the Lancers were ordered to disembark at Cape Town South Africa to take part in the ongoing war. Sixteen men disembarked at Cape Town on 2 November 1899 with a further member of the squadron joining them following his recuperation from ... more

  4. Boys dress worn by John Marsden
    1802 - 1803

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress was worn by John Marsden (1801 - 1803), the fourth of Reverend Samuel and Elizabeth Marsden's eight children. Reverend Samuel Marsden was an important figure in colonial Australia.  As the chaplain to New South Wales, Marsden endeavoured, with some success, to improve the standard of morals and manners.  This dress is a rare example of children's everyday wear from the early 1800s. Such an unassuming garment would not normally survive, but two-year-old John was wearing ... more

  5. MacKenzie Academic Gown
    1916

    Fassifern District Historical Society

    This garment is significant because it was worn by a female Bachelor of Science graduate in an era where it was not common for a female to attend university and study in this field. The garment was retained by the owner for the duration of her life. more

  6. Mourning dress probably worn by Amelia Hackney
    1852 - 1862

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress is significant because of its connection to the Hackney family, who became important members of the rural communities in the area south of Bathurst through their operation of general stores. General stores were an important economic and cultural resource for rural communities, providing not only goods, but also a link to metropolitan centres and the large department stores, as well as overseas trade. The Wongs also offered interest-free credit and free delivery. This dress is also significant because ... more

  7. Three piece Rundles suit worn by Lawrence Watkins
    1931

    Newcastle Museum

    Historic and Social. The social aspect of significance for this suit is twofold. Firstly, it was manufactured by Rundles, an iconic Newcastle business, now in its 180th year of operation. Furthermore, the suit was purchased to be worn to Eisteddfods, which were surely a highlight of a town or city's social calendar, especially during the dark years of the Great Depression. Due to very high levels of Welsh mining migration to Newcastle and the Hunter during the 19th and ... more

  8. Amy Clarke's swimsuit
    1930 - 1935

    The Oaks Historical Society

    The Clarke Family of Murrumbateman were considered innovators in the development and production of superfine wool. Wollondilly residents, Jim and Judy Rudd, donated 4 items owned and or made by Amy Florence Mary Clarke. Amy's talents were varied as those of a pioneering family often were known to be. She excelled in dressmaking, crochet, embroidery, cooking, preserving, gardening and was a master at recycling. Amy's parents died when she was young and she was raised by her maternal ... more

  9. Nancy Broomfield's 'going away' ensemble
    1859

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This handmade vibrant blue silk taffeta ensemble is a classic example of 1860s period dress. With the classic sloping shoulders, highly fashionable black silk fringing and complex bustle waistband made of many smaller layered peplum-style panels over a full gathered skirt it would be fitting for a young lady of the period anywhere in the world let alone in rural NSW. As a handcrafted garment produced by a woman in rural NSW, it certainly demonstrates that people within these communities ... more

  10. Joseph Brady's white linen shirt
    1840 - 1849

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This garment is a well preserved example of a mid-nineteenth century Irish linen shirt. This shirt, as indicated by a handwritten laundry mark, was owned by Joseph Brady who is considered to be one of the most accomplished civil engineers to work in Australia during the nineteenth century. Brady was twenty-two years old when he came to Australia and eventually married Adelaide Sarah Keck, the daughter of the infamous Henry Keck who was the first Governor of Darlinghurst Gaol in ... more

  11. Avocado green silk ensemble
    1890

    Temora Rural Museum

    This avocado green ensemble is a treasured heirloom of the Donaldson Family.  This garment was made for Isabella Donaldson (nee Leaf) to wear to her brother’s wedding in 1890.  The long leg-of-mutton sleeves and straight, full-length A-line skirt are indicative of women’s fashion throughout the 1890’s suggesting that Isabella Donaldson kept well-informed of the latest fashion trends given the dress’ manufacture for a wedding in February of 1890.  This garment is a fine example of the dressmaking ... more

  12. Tartan cutaway jacket
    1750 - 1850

    Maclean District Historical Society

    Norman McSween, the Scottish owner of the coat, came as a widower with his family from the Isle of Skye on the “Ontario” in 1852. The Ship’s indent says that they were “a very poor and destitute family”, so perhaps the coat was their one treasure and a reminder of their native land. Norman died aged 46, on the voyage to Australia, so the significance of the coat would have increased, especially to his 6 children aged from 10 to ... more