Australian dress register ID:193
Date range:1880 - 1885
Place of origin:Wonnaminta Station, New South Wales, Australia
This beautiful and unusual Jacquard is believed to have belonged to Mary Bozzum Kennedy (Hume), a member of the Hume and related pioneering Australian families, or to her daughter, and is a treasured family heirloom. The garment has been used by subsequent generations as a dress up and as evening wear. Author: , .
Sleeveless front hooked waistcoat dress with a stand up lace collar
History and Provenance
Births, deaths, marriages, children or family information
Mary Bozzum Hume (b. 1838 d. 1915) was one of 14 children (12 of whom reached adulthood). Her parents were Emma Mitchell b. 1814 d. 1887) and Francis Rawdon Hume (b. 1803 d. 1888) whose brother, Hamilton, was an explorer.
Mary married Robert Kennedy, her second cousin, in 1858 and they had one son, Robert Kennedy Jr.
A family story, which she verified to her grandchildren in her old age, is that Andrew Paterson (father of Banjo Paterson) and Robert ran a foot race to see who would get the chance to propose to her first. Robert won the race, but Mary said the outcome would have been unimportant as she had chosen Robert as her husband when she was nine years old.
How does this garment relate to the wider historical context?
Mary Bozzum Kennedy (Hume) is a member of the Hume and related pioneering Australian families.
Place of origin:
Wonnaminta Station, New South Wales, Australia
Mrs Susan Thwaites (nee Serle)
Mary Bozzum Kennedy (nee Hume) my great grandmother b. 1838 d. 1915
Trimmings / Decoration
Miniature satin wrapped, beaded and braided parasols hanging from bows at the back
Pairs of Black satin ribbons with small bows and long tails at front and back hipposition
Black braiding with jet black bead detail
Black lace single floral repeat
|Front neck to hem||845 mm|
|Front waist to hem||505 mm|
|Back neck to hem||806 mm|
|Back waist to hem||445 mm|
|Convert to inches|
Waist measurement is an estimate based on wear the waist tie has been knotted.
Articles, publications, diagrams and receipts descriptions
Hamilton Hume, S. Beyond the Borders: an anecdotal history of the Hume and related pioneering families from 1790. Jennifer Hume Macdougall and Prudence Grieve, Fyshwick, 1991.
Ribbon waist ties are fragile where they have been attached at the back waist.
The binding around the edge openings of the garment are quite worn in some places with weft threads missing, particularly around the collar (proper right).
Small area of beading missing on proper right from yoke.
Black dye of lace trimming has faded to brown.
There are decorative umbrellas on back skirt. Two remain, on proper right, two missing on proper left, It appears there may have been two tassels in each decoration.
Evidence of repairs
Fabric is reasonably strong, although it does show quite a bit of damage. There are three holes on the back skirt (1.5cm-3cm squared). These holes have been backed with synthetic tulle using coarse stitching.
Above the hole on the proper left side of the back of the skirt is a 7cm horizontal slit that has been hand sewn together. There is a small hole above this caused by stress to the fabric. On the proper right side (back of skirt) the fabric has been damaged. This has been concealed by bringing the skirt edge and braiding closer. The pleat that hangs down from this area has been sewn closed in two places.
Fastenings: some of the thread loops are missing and have damaged the fabric around them. Black gauze has been sewn below the collar fastening, where fabric has been damaged.
- Parts missing