Wedding outfit

Contributed by: Quirindi and District Historical Society

Two piece wedding outfit - side view Two piece wedding outfit - back view Two piece wedding outfit - front view
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Object information

Significance statement

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 the dress register. Amelia Anderson wore this dress at her wedding to John Hartley Australia Porter and is the daughter in law of Mary Ann Porter, the first owner of the 1855 wedding dress.

Author: Quirinidi and District Historical Society, 30th July 2010.


Two piece wedding outfit, cream background with brown check pattern, decorated with brown pleated frill. Jacket with long sleeves, fitted, shaped hemline, longer ending in a V at the back, brown buttons self covered for decoration. Lined with cream cotton lawn.

Skirt has fitted waist, flared, train attached at back, front decorated with brown pleating and self frill. One decorative pocket, one hidden pocket. Different linings in sleeves and skirt.

History and Provenance

Do you have any stories or community information associated with this?

Amelia's husband John Hartly Porter was the second son of Mary Ann Porter whose wedding dress is also in the museum. The Porter family were important landholders in the Quirindi district.

How does this garment relate to the wider historical context?

This is an example of special clothing in rural Australia. Because of its style it is a more limited occasion garment. The stylish trimming contributes to our understanding of the history of costume in rural Australia.

Where did this information come from?


  1. Place of origin:

    Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia

  2. Owned by:

    Amelia Anderson

  3. Worn by:

    Amelia Anderson. She was 15 years of age at time of marriage.

  4. Occasion(s):


  5. Place:

    Wesley Church, Quirindi NSW.

  6. Made by:

    Self? Local dressmaker?

  7. Made for:

    Amelia Anderson

Trimmings / Decoration

Home made pleating of brown taffeta decorating edge of jacket, sleeves, skirt and top of decorative pocket. Also strip of self fabric pleating on skirt. Extra button in small internal pocket.


Home made edging around bottom of skirt


Around arm hole

Fibre / Weave

The fabric appears to have a stripe of satin over the brown check cotton background created by some process we do not understand. Could it have been woven in one piece or added afterwards?

Basic fabric cream coloured cotton with brown checks, with cream satin over weaving.

  1. Natural dye
  2. Synthetic dye


  1. Hand sewn
  2. Machine sewn
  3. Knitted
  4. Other


The jacket and skirt are cut straight, the train of the skirt is cut on the bias.

  1. Bias
  2. Straight


The buttons are decorative, covered in brown taffeta fabric.

  1. Hook and eye
  2. Lacing
  3. Buttons
  4. Zip
  5. Drawstring

Stiffening / Lining / Padding

Whalebone in two short strips in casing under the bust.

Skirt lining coarser fabric than jacket. For added stiffness.


jacket skirt
Neck 320 mm
Waist 680 mm 680 mm
Hip 1140 mm 1140 mm
Cuff 240 mm
Hem circumference 1500 mm
Front neck to hem 355 mm
Back neck to hem 840 mm
Back waist to hem 1040 mm
Sleeve length 470 mm
Neck to sleeve head 170 mm
Convert to inches

train 200 mm, making length of skirt at back 1240 mm

Additional material

Articles, publications, diagrams and receipts descriptions

Porter family history published in:

Journal of Quirindi & District Historical Society Inc. Historical Notes Vol ll, No. 6

Other related objects

Relationship with Mary Ann/Isabella's wedding dress - Amelia was Isabella's sister-in-law


Evidence of repairs

Holes on skirt lining.

Frayed on hemline of train.

Stained on frill.

Slight perspiration stains on lining under arms.

Torn on skirt lining.

Insect damage


Mould damage

Iron mould on lining of skirt


  1. Excellent
  2. Good
  3. Fair
  4. Poor


  1. Discolouration
  2. Frayed
  3. Holes
  4. Stained
  5. Torn
  6. Iron stains
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