Filtered results for:Walcha and District Historical Society

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  1. Muslin wedding dress

    Bathurst District Historical Society

    This is an extremely elegant muslin wedding gown that dates back to 1800. It is of great significance and a highly valued object within the Bathurst District Historical Society's collection because of the excellent condition it is in and its distinctive style. It is a classic empire line gown but unusual in style as it does not have a front. There are not many dresses of that period that have been found similar to this. A delicate lace shawl or ... more

  2. Wedding dress, brown silk and green brocade

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This well worn and altered wedding dress is a good example of a woman's best dress worn as a wedding dress. It was worn by Maria Harper (nee Mulligan) [1856-1894] at her marriage to Samuel Harper [1855-1916] on 29 August, 1883 at Armidale, New South Wales. The dress is well worn, evidencing its wear on many subsequent occasions. This dress is also a fine representative example of a late 19th Century dress, with its well fitted front buttoning bodice with ... more

  3. Christening gown and petticoat
    1875 - 1890

    Australian History Museum Macquarie University

    The christening gown and petticoat are of historical, social and spiritual significance. They provide accounts of what people believed to be important in their daily lives and how they lived them. Barbara's christening was an important part of the family's religious beliefs, her father was the Minister for the township. Socially they would have been an important and respected family in the township. The dress was brought from England and given to the family. As a garment it shows the ... more

  4. Prince Charming costume worn by Frederick Boyton Smith
    1928 - 1934

    Museum of the Riverina

    The Prince Charming costume worn by Frederick Boyton Smith is of Historic significance, being a good example of a Depression era children's costume. Surviving from a time when children's parents handmade costumes from oddments found around the home - for example, cardboard, crepe paper, cotton wool and scraps of fabric, it is rare to find children's costumes in this worn condition with all pieces intact, in this case, the hat, jacket, breeches, tights and shoes. The accompanying photograph depicting Frederick ... more

  5. Uniform of Honorary Major George Bagot Stack (V.D.)
    1890 - 1900

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    This uniform is in very good condition and complete with tunic, jacket and vest. It is the uniform of the Second Regiment New South Wales Volunteer Infantry. Captain George Bagot Stack retired from the Infantry on 16th January 1894 and was made an Honorary Major receiving a Volunteer Officer's Decoration. (V.D.) The uniform was made by David Jones and Co. Tailors and Habit Makers Sydney. A great deal of information is known about Captain George Bagot Stack and his time ... more

  6. Kerr family wedding dress circa 1885

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress is an important symbol of wedding ceremonies in the Manning Valley in the latter part of the 19th century. The quality of the dress is indicative of the importance placed on the ceremony and the social status of the families concerned. more

  7. 18th century waistcoat
    1770 - 1780

    Private collectors

    Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a brilliant British explorer, navigator, and cartographer who, among many other achievements, was the first European to document the east coast of Australia. He was sadly killed in Hawaii during a dispute with the locals. This embroidered silk waistcoat was reputedly worn by Captain James Cook and is of great interest to historians. It poses intriguing questions that we hope will, in time, be answered. If it truly belonged to this explorer then it is ... more

  8. Wedding dress and accessories

    Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society

    This dress and accessories are important items pertaining to the Gilgandra Shire being made and worn by the daughter of one of the early settlers of the district. On her marriage she became a member of another longstanding family in the area and their offspring continue to farm, live and be active in many public and social groups in the Shire. more

  9. Boy's outfit worn by William Nicholas Zell
    1892 - 1893

    Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society

    This garmet is important as an example of clothing that has been passed down through the years since the early 1890's by the Zell Family. It was machine sewn on a Singer sewing machine purchased in 1890 by the Zell Family. This family have been innovative farmers in the Tooraweenah/Gilgandra district since the 1880's. more

  10. Cooke wedding dress

    Alstonville Plateau Historical Society Inc

    While wedding gowns are not rare in museums, this gown has such good provenance that it is significant. There is much documentation associated with this gown and its maker, Isabella Cooke. The APHS has a very comprehensive collection of Isabella's handiwork illustrating her fine needlework, sewing, quilting, crochet, tatting and embroidery. Four years after her marriage she travelled to the north coast, first of all settling in Bexhill, then Corndale and finally retiring with her husband to Alstonville. Her husband, ... more

  11. Pelisse worn by James Somerville
    1880 - 1890

    The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

    A Pelisse worn during Victorian times by a male child of about three years of age. Boys of the 19th century wore dresses untill the age of four or five. This style is an outer garment worn outdoors and would have been worn with white hose for legs and feet, black shoes and a brimmed straw hat with black velvet ribbon headband. This garment made in the early 1880's is in excellent condition and is a very good example of ... more

  12. Beaded dress made by Miss Una Simpson
    1925 - 1926

    Museum of the Riverina

    This dress is of historic and aesthetic significance, and is one of only a handful of 1920s dresses in the Museum's collection. Even though we know little of the dressmaker Miss Una Simpson, the bead-work and design is exceptional. It is a visible reminder of the fashion trends of the 1920s, a period in fashion history when the formality of the Edwardian period relaxed and the excitement of 'modernity' clashed head-on to create a legacy of truly unique garments. This ... more

  13. Waistcoat worn by James Butler

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This waistcoat is a rare provenanced item of men's costume in the Port Macquarie Historical Society collection. It was worn by James Butler [1828-1910], a New Zealand immigrant, at his marriage to Ellen Blair [1833-1901] on 13 December 1853 at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Port Macquarie. The waistcoat is a good example of men's costume. With its silk damask fabric, corded edging, decorative pockets and fine stitching it makes a fashion statement and contradicts commonly held views that men's garments ... more

  14. Dress made by Finney Isles & Co. Limited
    1905 - 1915

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This elegant dress with its elaborately decorated bodice and stylish skirt trim was made by Queensland department store, Finney Isles & Co Limited. The store became a limited company in February 1905 which helps to date this garment by its maker's label. The dress was worn by Martha Alice Gilmore (nee Stephen) [d1934]. Martha's husband Thomas Ferdinand Gilmore [1862-1913] was the Manager of Finney Isles Murwillumbah store from its opening in 1904 until his death by self administered poison in ... more

  15. Cream velvet wedding dress

    Glen Innes & District Historical Society

    A beautiful example in excellent condition of a wedding dress worn by a bride from a prominent local grazing family of the Glen Innes district. The wedding was during the final years of the Second World War and the dress was made of fabric which would have been hard to come by at that time. The bride, Beryl Foot, and her groom, Lionel Smith, owned and operated a local grazing property 'Oaklands' which was well know for its wool production. ... more

  16. Skirt worn by Catherine Thomson
    1890 - 1900

    Stanton Library

    A provenanced item in the Costume and Object collection held by Stanton Library in North Sydney. Skirts such as this made from expensive fabrics and with trains were often worn on formal occasions by 'well-to-do' ladies in the Edwardian era. It was made for Catherine Thomson to wear at the opening of the first Australian Parliament at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on 9 May 1901. Opened by The Prince George, Duke of Cornwall and York (later George V), ... more

  17. Manly-Warringah rugby jersey
    1930 - 1939

    Warringah Council

    This is a well-worn sporting garment from the peak of the Great Depression. The numerous holes and repairs on this jersey speak of a time of thrift and making do. David Jones made this Manly-Warringah Rugby League jersey. It was owned and worn by Alf Henderson of Harbord in the early 1930s. It is significant as a well-provenanced example of a Rugby League jersey from the early days of the league in Australia, and on the Northern Beaches in particular. ... more

  18. Gillett Sisters' Charleston dress
    1925 - 1928

    Albury Library Museum

    This 1920s dress was donated by Daintry Heywood and she was possibly the owner. It was worn by one of the three Gillett sisters and is an important part of a significant collection donated to Albury City. This black silk taffeta dress, described by the donor as a Charleston dress, was donated in 1968. The style is characteristic of the 1920s with its dropped waist and loose fitting design. But, it is the aesthetic quality of the embroidery and beading ... more

  19. Queen Victoria's nightdress
    1900 - 1901

    Port Macquarie Historical Society

    This nightdress is significant for its association with the longest reigning British monarch Queen Victoria [1819-1901], Queen of England and Ireland 1837 to 1901. Whilst many souvenirs were produced to mark the reign of Queen Victoria and particularly her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, her Golden Jubilee in 1887 and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, items of Queen Victoria's clothing are relatively rare. It is believed that her large wardrobe including underwear items were dispersed to members of the ... more

  20. Christening gown made by Hannah Henderson

    Newcastle Museum

    Historic. This humble little christening gown was worn by at least one child born to Hannah and George Henderson, in the opening years of the 20th century. Their first child, a son, was born on the fateful date 15 April 1912, the day the RMS 'Titanic' sank. Even though it is not known who made this gown, it is a lovely example of early 20th century recycling and 'making-do', being made from the skirt of Hannah's wedding dress. As far ... more

  21. Three piece Rundles suit worn by Lawrence Watkins

    Newcastle Museum

    Historic and Social. The social aspect of significance for this suit is twofold. Firstly, it was manufactured by Rundles, an iconic Newcastle business, now in its 180th year of operation. Furthermore, the suit was purchased to be worn to Eisteddfods, which were surely a highlight of a town or city's social calendar, especially during the dark years of the Great Depression. Due to very high levels of Welsh mining migration to Newcastle and the Hunter during the 19th and early ... more

  22. Cape belonging to Riverina midwife, Nurse Catherine Burke.
    1920 - 1940

    Museum of the Riverina

    As part of the Nurse Burke Collection, this garment holds historic and aesthetic significance. The long, navy blue cape, Gladstone bag and navy felt hat were powerful symbols of a profession that carried the tools to save the lives of both mother and child. Midwives were well known and respected members of the community, and with their large bag and distinctive uniform, they were instantly recognisable. Nurse Burke's cape, along with its associated collection, enables the museum to explore early ... more

  23. Blue silk wedding dress
    1840 - 1843

    Sydney Living Museums

    This charming hand stitched wedding gown is a unique and fine example of a provenanced Australian dress. It was worn by Margaret Drummond Gentle for her wedding to the Rev. William Grant in Perthshire, Scotland in June 1845 and then passed to Margaret Ross Steel by Miss Barbara Grant, a daughter of the original owner. A full length seated photograph by Alma Studio of Margaret Steel wearing the dress in about 1938 is in the Meroogal collection. The silk is ... more