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  1. De Bortoli cream silk 1920s wedding dress
    1928 - 1929

    De Bortoli Family

    This cream silk wedding dress was worn by Giuseppina (Pineta) Bisa for her marriage to Vittorio De Bortoli in 1929 at Bilbul, near Griffith, New South Wales. The dress was purchased from a French catalogue when Giuseppina was working as a maid for a wealthy family in Lyon in France, saving for her fare to Australia. After the wedding, Giuseppina altered the dress so it could be worn for evening occasions. She removed the sleeves and lace fringing, storing these ... more

  2. Diver's suit and equipment
    1914 - 1952

    Jervis Bay Maritime Museum (formerly Lady Denman Heritage Complex)

    This dress and apparatus are representative of the traditional diver's equipment in use from the early 1830s until the 1960s. It is also representative of a past era in the history of oyster farming, an industry that is still important to the economy of the New South Wales South Coast. It is unusual to have such a complete set of diver's equipment in relatively good condition and with such strong provenance covering three generations. more

  3. Dress Uniform of New South Wales Lancer
    1895 - 1903

    Richmond River Historical Society Inc.

    On 2nd March 1899 a contingent of the 4th Squadron (Lismore-Casino) left Australia for Aldershot England to train with the Imperial Forces for 6 months. While there the Boer War broke out and on the return journey to Australia the Lancers were ordered to disembark at Cape Town South Africa to take part in the ongoing war. Sixteen men disembarked at Cape Town on 2 November 1899 with a further member of the squadron joining them following his recuperation from ... more

  4. 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 1913. Their daughter Maud Mary [1886-1967] also worked at the store until her marriage to Edward Uptin in 1911. The Murwillumbah store was burnt down during a large fire in the town in 1907 but rebuilt and reopened in 1908. Perhaps this dress was worn at a celebratory function or ball to mark the town's rebuilding. The dress has many features of late Victorian dress, including its corseting and complex hook and eye fastenings to the bodice. The bodice is beautifully decorated with a combination of lace, net, braid, ribbon, tassels and embroidered buttons. These trims are used again on the skirt. The dress has been expertly sewn. All seams are cleanly finished, all linings intact and nothing out of place. This is consistent with a newspaper article describing the Finney Isles women's work room in 1882; "...where numerous girls were sitting at their sewing machines, working swiftly, deftly and noiselessly, except for the click of the needles as the fabrics sped beneath them...". The silk satin fabric used is starting to show signs of wear but is still in good condition evidencing the quality of the fabric which was something the company advertised. This dress ... more

  5. Dress probably worn by Julia Johnston
    1836 - 1840

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress is an extremely rare and significant example of provenanced early colonial Australian dress. Dating from around 1838, it is believed to have been worn by Julia Johnston, the daughter of Lieutenant George Johnston. This dress is an excellent example of late 1830s fashion with its fitted bodice, dropped leg-o-mutton full sleeve and full skirt. The dress appears to have been professionally made with details of piping and precise embroidery worked on the skirt. Julia was born at Annandale ... more

  6. Dressing gown worn by Mrs Hazel McRae

    Newcastle Museum

    This garment is a charming example of a homemade knitted dressing gown, which, in its colour and fabric is evocative of the interwar period. Although a woollen knitted garment does not immediately call to mind the romance associated with a honeymoon, the flowing lines and vibrancy of the blue Jacquard silk lining perfectly balances practicality (being created between the Great Depression and World War II) and femininity. Hazel was 32 years of age when she married, and her husband 48 ... more

  7. Dugald Thomson's blue and cream checked waistcoat
    1830 - 1850

    Stanton Library

    This waistcoat is a provenanced item of men's clothing held by the North Sydney Heritage Centre in its costume and object collection. It is a good example of men's costume. Waistcoats were an integral part of a gentleman's outfit in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The waistcoat belonged to Dugald Thomson, a wealthy merchant and politician. He was a member of the Free Trade party and held the seat of Warringah in the Legislative Assembly seat of ... more

  8. Ecclesiastical vestment
    1930 - 1940

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    Little is know of the provenance of this particular garment other than where it was found after the 1955 Maitland Flood, once of the worst natural disasters in Australia in the 20th Century. The object itself shows some signs that it may have been made during a time of want by resourceful local women who sewed for the church. Traditionally eccesiastical dress would be made by an specialist Eccesiastical tailor  most probably in a major city. It is difficult to ... more

  9. Eddison Family Christening Gown
    1910 - 1911

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    This exquisitely constructed christening gown is significant because of its well-documented provenance and connection to the Eddison family, a prominent family of the Woden Valley district, Canberra. Walter Eddison was allocated land occupying most of the Woden Valley as part of the Soldier Settlement Scheme. Unlike many participants of the scheme, Walter made a success of his venture farming sheep, breeding thoroughbred horses and operating a small dairy. The Eddison family migrated to Australia from England after the First World War and ... more

  10. Elen Ferguson's Blue Silk Wedding Dress

    Private collectors

    This dress is an example of a working-class wedding dress which may have been used carefully on other occasions as a 'best' dress. It does not appear to have been 'made over' after going out of fashion. more

  11. Ella Porter, Bridesmaid's dress

    Miss Porter's House National Trust Newcastle

    Weddings are usually important and joyful events, marking a milestone in lives. In the 1930s, the vast majority of young women married, and if they could, they marked it with the traditional rituals of the Western wedding ceremony. When Esther Morton married Mervyn Taylor at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle in 1938, she chose as her attendants two friends. The three women had been school friends and would go on to maintain the friendship until their deaths. The wedding invitation and ... more

  12. Ellen Drew's wedding dress

    Pioneer Women's Hut Tumbarumba

    This is the wedding dress of Ellen Mary Bax (nee Drew) when she married Ernest Stephen Bax at the Primitive Methodist church, Mudgee in 1892. A tiny woman, she continued to wear the dress many, many times, most probably as her 'Sunday best'. Made from a strong and expensive fabric, it was very well used. The outfit was well made by a dress maker with a number of alterations over the years, converting the garment from a formal dress to an everyday garment. The colour was ... more