Australian dress register ID:548
Owner:Randwick District and Historical Society
Place of origin:
Blazer worn by Wilhemina (Mina) Wylie, as a member of the Australiasia Team to the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. This was the first Olympics where women were permitted to compete in swimming events, and Wylie herself won the Silver Medal in the 100m Freestyle (Fanny Durack won Gold). Given the blazer's association with both a prominent Australian sportswoman and a significant milestone in Olympic history, this garment can be confidently considered as historically signficant. The blazer also illustrated the evolution of Australia's participation in the Olympic Games; 1912 was one of only two Olympic Games where Australia competed as a combined team with New Zealand.
The garment is also extremely rare - have only been issued to the members and support staff of the Australasian Olympic team. The provenance of the garment is also well-documented - having been issued to Mina Wylie in 1912, it remained in her possession until its donation to the Randwick District Historical Society. This combined with its rarity, marks this garment as a particularly signficant garment in Australian sporting history. Author: Amy Butterfield, 15 July 2014.
Blazer constructed from green woven wool, with yellow piping decorating the cuffs, breast pocket and hip pocket. Crest emblazened with 'Australiasia' and the Australian coat of arms embroidened on the breast pocket.
Trimmings / Decoration
Yellow/Gold Piping on cuffs, breast and hip pockets.
Crest with Australian coat of arms and 'Australasia' embroidered on breast pocket.
'The School Uniform Store/Blazer and Badge/Specialist/277 Elizabeth St/Sydney'. Includes Crest with letters, 'SUS' intertwined.
Additional crest included, perhaps to act as replacement if the original was lost.
- Hand sewn
- Machine sewn
Two buttons, fastening at the centre front of the jacket. Buttons are covered in the same green woven wool as the jacket.
- Hook and eye
|Back neck to hem||640 mm|
|Sleeve length||540 mm|
|Neck to sleeve head||165 mm|
|Cross back||375 mm|
|Underarm to underarm||500 mm|
|Convert to inches|
Worn by Mina Wylie as a uniform of the Australasian (Australia and New Zealand) Oympic Team, in Stockholm 1912.
Evidence of repairs
Appears to be in robust condition, with no stains or discolouration. However there are two tears, both repaired with gold thread: one on the inside of a sleeve and the other reattaching the breast pocket.