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  1. Port Arthur Convict Issue Parti-Coloured Waistcoat
    1855 - 1877

    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

    This waistcoat was issued to a convict transported from Britain to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). It was part of the issued uniform given to Port Arthur convicts during the operation of the penal system 1830 - 1877. Seven classes of prisoner were created in 1826 during Governor Arthur's period of office. Clothing for convicts were mostly blue or grey. The lowest convict class wore yellow, the colour then associated with humiliation. Port Arthur was reserved for repeat-offending criminals ... more

  2. Yellow Wool Port Arthur Issue Convict Waistcoat
    1830 - 1855

    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

    This waistcoat was issued to a convict transported from Britain to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). It were part of the issued uniform of Port Arthur convicts during the operation of the penal system on the Tasman Peninsula 1830 - 1877. Seven classes of prisoner were created in 1826 during Governor Arthur's period of office. Clothing for convicts was mostly blue or grey, the lowest convict class were compelled to wear yellow, the colour then associated with humiliation. Australian ... more

  3. Queensland Police Commissioner's Dress Tunic
    1927 - 1943

    Queensland Police Museum

    The Queensland Police Commissioner's tunic manufactured between 1927 and 1943 represents an important era in the history of the Queensland Police. The owner of this tunic is most likely to have been Cecil James Carroll, Commissioner of Police between 1934 and 1949. The braided decorations, trimmings and the wool fabric all indicate this tunic was an elaborate garment, worn by someone of a high rank and mostly for ceremonial purposes. It was manufactured by an experienced tailor in the Brisbane City who created a military-style uniform ... more

  4. Len Forsythe Boat Cloak
    1900

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

    This British Royal Navy Officer's boat cloak dates from c.1900-1939. It is made from fine, worsted, British wool, is hip length and has seams at the sides. We know that the garment was not Australian, as the word 'AUSTRALIA' would be printed on the lower edge of the buttons if that were the case. Boat cloaks were an optional item of dress for navy personnel, worn mainly over full dress, ball dress or mess dress for additional warmth when travelling in ... more

  5. A religious habit of the Sisters of Mercy
    1920 - 1950

    Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. ( ISMAPNG)

    This assembly of garments constitutes the basic elements of the religious habit of the Sisters of Mercy.  The Mercy habit was designed by the Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, the Venerable Mother Catherine McAuley, in Dublin in 1831, and, with possibly only minor and inconspicuous alterations, was worn by all Sisters of Mercy until the middle of the twentieth century. The habit then began to be simplified and was finally discarded in favour of modern garb more suited ... more

  6. Evi's special occasion dress
    1980

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    West Australian, Evi Ferrier, is a well known Australian artist specialising in mosaic artwork. Evi’s special occasion dress brings aesthetic brilliance together with social and economic awareness in a time of boom in the State of Western Australia. In the late 1970s Evi led a busy life as the wife of a Family Court Judge and mother. Through their daughters, she met Lyn Hughes, who imported top quality special occasion clothing from India. At this time, Melbourne artist, Bronwyn Baillieu ... more

  7. Evening dress designed by Lisa Ho and worn by Delta Goodrem
    2003

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Lisa Ho ran one of Australia's most popular and long-established fashion labels. A graduate of East Sydney Technical College, Ho produced her first collection in 1982 and by 1989 was recognised with a Fashion Industries of Australia Award. Ho has worked across all levels of the industry; designing, manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing a wide range of womenswear designs including swimwear, jeans, daywear, active wear, evening wear and special occasion dresses. Ho's evening wear received prominent media coverage in ... more

  8. Queensland Police Commissioner's Uniform 1969-1970
    1969 - 1970

    Queensland Police Museum

    Police Comissioner Norwin William Bauer's uniform is of historical significance because he was Commisioner of the Queensland Police Force during the turbulent years of 1969-1970 when Joh Bjelke-Petersen became Premier and anti-Vietnam demonstrations were prominent. Bauer and Bjelke-Petersen had to work closely because the Premier was also the Minister in charge of Police. In Brisbane and other Queeensland cities, like many parts of the world, street demonstrations were passionate and often unruly. The demonstrators marched without permits, or if ... more

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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