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  1. Florence Austral red & black blouse
    1920 - 1930

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    "The Waters of the Rhine seem to mount high, and over all rides the triumphant voice of Florence Austral as Brunnhilde. Her singing can justly be called queenly. Even after hearing the glorious singing of Frida Leider on other records, Austral's triumphant voice remains in the mind." -Neville Cardus, Manchester Guardian, 1928. Florence Austral was a prominent figure in the opera world in the early 20th Century.  It was in 1914 that Austral won first place in two voice ... more

  2. Australian Women's Land Army Winter Dress uniform
    1944

    Griffith War Memorial Museum

    This Australian Women's Land Army uniform represents a section of society that performed an incredibly important role in the war effort by maintaining the food supply for the armed forces in Australia and overseas and the general population on the home front. It also assists telling the personal story of Peggy Williams and the impact and reality of war on one of many thousands of Australian families at the time. Known as the 'Land Girls', the Land Army women ... more

  3. Myra Mogg's knitwear
    1932 - 1938

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This collection of Myra Mogg’s knitwear, consisting of three jumpers, gloves, court shoes overlaid with knitting and a hat, is a superb example of fine hand knitting with Australian provenance, in excellent, near-mint condition. Ms Myra Mogg (1906-1967) of Mudgee was an expert knitter who designed and made her own clothes, often ensembles consisting a tunic, gloves and shoes. She had the ability to knit so fine it at times utterly bewildered judges of the annual shows and knitting competitions ... more

  4. Ruth Allbon Wedding Dress
    1945

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

    Ruth Eason Pontifex Shorthouse and Signalman Charles Joseph Malden Allbon married in St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Chatswood, New South Wales, 5th May 1945. They met during the Second World War when both worked at Railway House in Sydney. When Charles went to New Guinea in 1943, they continued to correspond and became engaged by mail. Charles sent the money to Ruth for the engagement ring while still on active service in New Guinea. Charles and Ruth moved to Goulburn in 1958. Charles was ... more

  5. Maternity dress
    1820 - 1830

    Riversdale National Trust

    It is a rare example of early nineteenth century dress. The cotton print is vibrant and in very good condition and has been very carefully placed to match on seams and sleeve bands. It is entirely hand stitched. The day dress with its fall front would have facilitated maternity and breast feeding as women were frequently pregant and had many children. This style of dress was very practical and probably the norm rather than the exception at this time. Its ... more

  6. Mina Wylie's Swimming Costume
    1910 - 1912

    Randwick District and Historical Society

    This navy silk swimming costume was worn by Wilhemina (Mina) Wylie. One of the earliest Australian female swimmers to compete at an international level, notably winning a Silver Medal at the 1912 Stockhholm Olympic Games (100m Freestyle) in addition to winning 115 State and National Swimming Titles and holding world records in freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke. Though often overshadowed by fellow swimmer Fanny Durack, Wylie was nevertheless a successful sportswoman in her own right. Wylie and Durack's representation of ... more

  7. Underwear belonging to Edith Lavinia Cameron
    1890 - 1899

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    These under garments, worn by Edith Lavinia Cameron, are of considerable historical signficance because of their connection to one of Canberra's most prominent pastoral families (see Item ID 526) and their rarity. Underwear is poorly represented in museum collections, the extensive wear-and-tear caused by frequent use and laundering meant that garments were often thrown away before they could be collected and preserved. The status of underwear as everyday items of clothing, rather than reserved for special occassion also meant they ... more

  8. A girl's smocked romper suit. Design "Old Friend".
    1996

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    This romper was based on a pattern by Margaret Herzfeld in the 1990s for the "Australian Smocking and Embroidery" magazine and for smocking lessons. Through her teaching and publications, Margaret helped to keep the old skills alive, adapted them, and made them available to new generations when they were not longer taught in schools. She used her considerable talents to teach in Western Australia and interstate, designed original garments for “Australian Smocking and Embroidery" magazine and established a business making smocked ... more

  9. A young girl's smocked dress
    1997

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    In the 20th century, sewing was an integral part of the Educational Curriculum in schools throughout Australia and most girls learnt to smock. When these girls became mothers, this training was used to make items for the home and garments for the family. Hand embroidery was a pleasurable pastime and form of relaxation.    Post WWII, when jobs and resources were limited and scarce, there was neither the range nor variety of goods and those that were available, comparatively expensive ... more

  10. Queensland Policewoman's Winter Uniform 1965 - 1970
    1965 - 1970

    Queensland Police Museum

    This complete uniform is a significant piece in the Queensland Police Museum collection as there were only five female sergeants between 1965 and 1970. Additionally, the uniform represents an important period in the history of the Queensland Police Force. Female officers were only first sworn into the Force in 1965. This was the first step towards equality in the Queensland Police Force.  The long-sleeve blouse, tunic, skirt and hat are all in either excellent or good condition. There is ... more

  11. Hand embroidered, Chinese silk wedding dress worn by Mary Box
    1913 - 1918

    Box Cottage Museum

    This wedding dress was worn by Mary Louisa Box nee Closter on the 12th June, 1918, for her marriage to Alonzo Box, a recently returned Gallipoli veteran. It is also significant because of its association with the Box family, an early pioneering family who emigrated from Sussex, England to the Moorabbin district, Victoria in the 1850s. The Box family were pioneer market gardeners who grew produce for the growing city of Melbourne. John Box 1841-1913 emigrated with his parents in 1854 ... more

  12. 1880 Ada Petherbridge (nee Bonarius) wedding dress
    1880

    Grossmann House - National Trust of NSW

    The Ada Petherbridge (nee Bonarius) wedding dress, a commendably provenanced cream taffeta dress, trimmed with blonde lace pleated trim and wax orange blossoms, worn on the 19th of October 1880, is a historically and aesthetically significant item of clothing of local Maitland derivation. Historically it is an archetypal example of the white wedding dress, popularised by Queen Victoria. Both Queen Victoria and Ada had orange blossoms, a symbol of fertility, trimming their dresses (Queen Victoria had blossoms trimming her wreath ... more