Australian dress register ID:381
Owner:The Oaks Historical Society
Owner registration number:08/38
Date range:1930 - 1935
Place of origin:Murrumbateman, New South Wales, Australia
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 grandparents, William and Mary Lawton.
Amy was born on 17th October, 1908 and died at Yass on 13th December, 2007. She married Donald Neville Clarke in 1939. Amy was generous in her service to the community; often utilising her talents in dressmaking, craftwork and cooking. She was a Patron of the Yass District Hospital Auxillary and a Life member of the Yass Show Society. Author: Sue Davis taken from Pam Browne notes., 02/12/2011.
Double faced knitted wool (superfine?)
Striped beige and black one piece over attached black knitted wool pant which gives modesty skirt.
High neck with plastic rings that hold plaited beige and black strap that comes from side back crossed at back through loops and fastened with 2 nickel hooks and eyes at back of neck.
Centre front and back seams chevroned.
Waist loops (black wool) at each side that hold plaited belt (made from same coloured beige and black).
Elastic is scooped back to hold in place and cord used to adjust to fit.
Note: Most likely commercially made because-
1. Very industrial knitted stitches.
2. Trim(strap and belt) absolutely matched in colour. This suggests a manufactured garment as it is unlikely a home maker would be able to access knitted fabric and trims in same wool.
3. Two different types of knitting machines have been used ie it is not hand knitted.
History and Provenance
Do you have any stories or community information associated with this?
Fine quality wool in garment possibly reflecting family contact with the wool industry.
How does this garment relate to the wider historical context?
Wool history - family sheep property - producers of superfine wool.
Where did this information come from?
Research by Pam Browne with Yass Historical Society.
This garment has been exhibited
Yes. Exhibition "Faces and Places" at Wollondilly Heritage Centre, The Oaks. August 2010 - December 2011.
Place of origin:
Murrumbateman, New South Wales, Australia
Amy Clarke (nee Jones)
Amy Clarke (nee Jones)
Limited mass production.
Knitted woollen fabric is machine stitched
By hand: skirt hem altered; crutch darned; back hem between straps has been altered.
- Hand sewn
- Machine sewn
Hook and eye to fasten neck; drawstring at centre back.
- Hook and eye
|Hem circumference||830 mm|
|Front neck to hem||610 mm|
|Front waist to hem||360 mm|
|Back neck to hem||450 mm|
|Back waist to hem||420 mm|
|Inside leg||85 mm|
|Outside leg||305 mm|
|Cross back||280 mm|
|Convert to inches|
Tab that holds ring has pulled away with stitching.
Evidence of repairs
Darn in crutch; some holes on centre back, back and front hem and back edge.
2 moth holes on back