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  1. Hallie's Hat
    1960 - 1970

    Rottnest Island Authority

    Hallie's Hat was made by Hallie Margaret Stow (1876-1972) from seaweed collected on Rottnest Island. Hallie was a regular visitor to the Island between 1929 and 1970 visiting mainly in winter with three friends, Catherine Summers, Rettie McGibbon and Grace Davidson. They would take horse trips to the West End, and around the Salt Lakes. Mrs Stow made many such hats for family and friends. Hettie’s daughter Mrs Sheila Plank donated the hat to the Rottnest Island Museum This hat is ... more

  2. Hand embroidered, Chinese silk wedding dress worn by Mary Box
    1913 - 1918

    Box Cottage Museum

    This wedding dress was worn by Mary Louisa Box nee Closter on the 12th June, 1918, for her marriage to Alonzo Box, a recently returned Gallipoli veteran. It is also significant because of its association with the Box family, an early pioneering family who emigrated from Sussex, England to the Moorabbin district, Victoria in the 1850s. The Box family were pioneer market gardeners who grew produce for the growing city of Melbourne. John Box 1841-1913 emigrated with his parents in 1854 ... more

  3. Hand woven and natural dyed Paisley Silk Shawl
    1824

    Private collectors

    The importance of this garment, especially within the family history, is quite significant. The story of its existence has been passed down through the eldest daughter and always referred to as "The Shawl". As a wedding gift, it would have been treasured by Jean Nisbet, and as a Mother, passing it onto her daughter, Allison, to wear on her wedding day, shows how it was. These types of hand woven shawls, where not cheap, and to have something so beautifully ... more

  4. Hilda Smith's black silk satin and lace dress
    1908 - 1912

    Griffith Pioneer Park Museum

    This dress is a significant example of a well provenanced stylish dress worn for special occasions by a pioneering woman. This well-made black dress belonged to Hilda Mabel Smith, nee Spencer who was born in Braidwood in 1884. The dress may have been made during a trip to Sydney between 1908 and 1912. Hilda came from a family of pioneering horsemen of the Snowy Mountains river region and married Neil Smith in April 1914. Hilda and Neil spent several years ... more

  5. Hyde Park Barracks convict shirt
    1840 - 1848

    Sydney Living Museums

    This blue and white stripped Indian cotton shirt was excavated from under the floorboards on level three of the Hyde Park Barracks, apparently near the staircase during restoration in 1980. The shirt is the only known intact example of the most common garment issued to convicts in their thousands. Striped shirts for convicts in Sydney are specifically mentioned in records from 1819, and convicts occupied the Hyde Park Barracks from 1819 - 1848. This shirt is one of the few ... more

  6. Iced VoVo Dress
    2009

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    The Iced VoVo dress by fashion label Romance Was Born is cheeky take on an iconic Australian biscuit. Designers, Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales are well known for their portrayal of Australian kitsch and use of traditional craft techniques. Shown at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2009/2010 as part of the Doilies and Pearls, Oysters and Shells collection it was widely covered by both newspapers and magazines. This Iced VoVo dress is significant as an example of unique and original contemporary Australian fashion ... more

  7. Jimmy Sharman's Dressing Gown
    1911

    Temora Rural Museum

    <em>&ldquo;Who&rsquo;ll take a glove? Who&rsquo;ll take a glove? You&rsquo;re a pretty hefty-looking customer.&nbsp; What about coming inside? Bowl my man over in three pounds and I&rsquo;ll give you a &ldquo;fiver&rdquo;.&nbsp; If my man cannot stop you in three I&rsquo;ll give you two pounds!&rdquo;</em> This dressing gown belonged to the nationally acclaimed boxing legend and showman Jimmy Sharman.&nbsp; Born in Narellan in 1887, Jimmy Sharman developed a passion for boxing at a young age having been a frequent spectator at country ... more

  8. John Joseph Reilly's wedding suit
    1909

    Quirindi and District Historical Society

    These garments have historic, social and aesthetic significance, and are representative of men's formal clothing early in the 20th century. Their ownership by the Reilly family relates to Quirindi's commercial history. The Reilleys mens wear store in Quirindi is third generation Reilley and is the grandson of the owner of the wedding suit. This store celebrates it`s 100th anniversary in 2011. The main frabric of this suit is wool. The linings of the two waistcoats are cream cotton and the ... more

  9. John Wardrobe's pith sun helmet
    1889 - 1901

    The Oaks Historical Society

    The sun helmet is in its original condition and made from materials currently in use in India in the late 19th century. The shola-pith material could be soaked in water to keep the wearer's head cool in hot weather. Later versions used cork as the main construction. It is therefore a rare example of colonial headgear used in wartime. The historic significance of the object relates to the ownership by John Wardrobe, a one time Alderman of the inaugural Picton ... more

  10. Joseph Brady's white linen shirt
    1840 - 1849

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This garment is a well preserved example of a mid-nineteenth century Irish linen shirt. This shirt, as indicated by a handwritten laundry mark, was owned by Joseph Brady who is considered to be one of the most accomplished civil engineers to work in Australia during the nineteenth century. Brady was twenty-two years old when he came to Australia and eventually married Adelaide Sarah Keck, the daughter of the infamous Henry Keck who was the first Governor of Darlinghurst Gaol in ... more

  11. Kerr family wedding dress circa 1885
    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

  12. Ladies black crepe de chine dress
    1930 - 1940

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This dress may have been worn by either Dorothy or Emily Mathers, sisters who were raised in a strong Methodist family and community. As spinsters, these ladies inherited their family dairy farm which was managed by Mr.Harold Barlin. Like other rural ladies of their generation, they spent their time doing handcrafts, keeping house for Mr Barlin, attending Bible study and contributing to their community. This simple tailored black dress in lovely draping crepe de chine would have been practical to ... more

  13. Len Forsythe Boat Cloak
    1900

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

    This British Royal Navy Officer's boat cloak dates from&nbsp;c.1900-1939.&nbsp;It is made from fine, worsted, British&nbsp;wool, is hip length and has seams at the sides.&nbsp;We know that the garment was not Australian, as the word&nbsp;'AUSTRALIA' would be printed on the lower edge of the buttons if that were the case.&nbsp;Boat cloaks were&nbsp;an optional item of dress for navy personnel, worn mainly over full dress, ball dress or mess dress for additional warmth when travelling in an open ship's boat/gig/barge, either between ... more

  14. Lilac Edwardian silk gown
    1900 - 1904

    Boorowa And District Historical Society

    The Hume family of Tarengo although not descendants, were directly related to Hamilton Hume the explorer and were an affluent grazier family living in New South Wales at the turn of the century. The gowns were probably worn by Amelia Hume Amelia Hume (Huon) (1856-1905) who was married to Frederick&nbsp;William Hume (1845-1904) the nephew of Hamilton Hume. The dresses are excellent examples of Edwardian fashion and were probably the last gowns Amelia owned before her death in 1905. They demonstrate ... more

  15. Lowe's Suit
    1950

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Part of a donation of three pinstriped wool business suits dating from 1950. Two are labelled Lowes Ltd, the third has either been copied from the Lowes suits or was made elsewhere and used as a pattern for the Lowes suits.These suits are excellent and complete examples of men's business suits from the 1950s.&nbsp;The menswear industry was and remains a fairly staid and traditional one with the basic shape of the business suit remaining unchanged for decades - as demonstrated ... more

  16. MacKenzie Academic Gown
    1916

    Fassifern District Historical Society

    This garment is significant because it was worn by a female Bachelor of Science graduate in an era where it was not common for a female to attend university and study in this field. The garment was retained by the owner for the duration of her life. more