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  1. Nancy Broomfield's 'going away' ensemble

    Manning Valley Historical Society

    This handmade vibrant blue silk taffeta ensemble is a classic example of 1860s period dress. With the classic sloping shoulders, highly fashionable black silk fringing and complex bustle waistband made of many smaller layered peplum-style panels over a full gathered skirt it would be fitting for a young lady of the period anywhere in the world let alone in rural NSW. As a handcrafted garment produced by a woman in rural NSW, it certainly demonstrates that people within these communities ... more

  2. 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

  3. Avocado green silk ensemble

    Temora Rural Museum

    This avocado green ensemble is a treasured heirloom of the Donaldson Family.  This garment was made for Isabella Donaldson (nee Leaf) to wear to her brother’s wedding in 1890.  The long leg-of-mutton sleeves and straight, full-length A-line skirt are indicative of women’s fashion throughout the 1890’s suggesting that Isabella Donaldson kept well-informed of the latest fashion trends given the dress’ manufacture for a wedding in February of 1890.  This garment is a fine example of the dressmaking ... more

  4. Tartan cutaway jacket
    1750 - 1850

    Maclean District Historical Society

    Norman McSween, the Scottish owner of the coat, came as a widower with his family from the Isle of Skye on the “Ontario” in 1852. The Ship’s indent says that they were “a very poor and destitute family”, so perhaps the coat was their one treasure and a reminder of their native land. Norman died aged 46, on the voyage to Australia, so the significance of the coat would have increased, especially to his 6 children aged from 10 to ... more

  5. Florence Austral red & black blouse
    1920 - 1930

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    "The Waters of the Rhine seem to mount high, and over all rides the triumphant voice of Florence Austral as Brunnhilde. Her singing can justly be called queenly. Even after hearing the glorious singing of Frida Leider on other records, Austral's triumphant voice remains in the mind." -Neville Cardus, Manchester Guardian, 1928. Florence Austral was a prominent figure in the opera world in the early 20th Century.  It was in 1914 that Austral won first place in two voice ... more

  6. Australian Women's Land Army Winter Dress uniform

    Griffith War Memorial Museum

    This Australian Women's Land Army uniform represents a section of society that performed an incredibly important role in the war effort by maintaining the food supply for the armed forces in Australia and overseas and the general population on the home front. It also assists telling the personal story of Peggy Williams and the impact and reality of war on one of many thousands of Australian families at the time. Known as the 'Land Girls', the Land Army women ... more

  7. Myra Mogg's knitwear
    1932 - 1938

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This collection of Myra Mogg’s knitwear, consisting of three jumpers, gloves, court shoes overlaid with knitting and a hat, is a superb example of fine hand knitting with Australian provenance, in excellent, near-mint condition. Ms Myra Mogg (1906-1967) of Mudgee was an expert knitter who designed and made her own clothes, often ensembles consisting a tunic, gloves and shoes. She had the ability to knit so fine it at times utterly bewildered judges of the annual shows and knitting competitions ... more

  8. Ruth Allbon Wedding Dress

    Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum

    Ruth Eason Pontifex Shorthouse and Signalman Charles Joseph Malden Allbon married in St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Chatswood, New South Wales, 5th May 1945. They met during the Second World War when both worked at Railway House in Sydney. When Charles went to New Guinea in 1943, they continued to correspond and became engaged by mail. Charles sent the money to Ruth for the engagement ring while still on active service in New Guinea. Charles and Ruth moved to Goulburn in 1958. Charles was ... more

  9. Maternity dress
    1820 - 1830

    Riversdale National Trust

    It is a rare example of early nineteenth century dress. The cotton print is vibrant and in very good condition and has been very carefully placed to match on seams and sleeve bands. It is entirely hand stitched. The day dress with its fall front would have facilitated maternity and breast feeding as women were frequently pregant and had many children. This style of dress was very practical and probably the norm rather than the exception at this time. Its ... more

  10. Mina Wylie's Swimming Costume
    1910 - 1912

    Randwick District and Historical Society

    This navy silk swimming costume was worn by Wilhemina (Mina) Wylie. One of the earliest Australian female swimmers to compete at an international level, notably winning a Silver Medal at the 1912 Stockhholm Olympic Games (100m Freestyle) in addition to winning 115 State and National Swimming Titles and holding world records in freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke. Though often overshadowed by fellow swimmer Fanny Durack, Wylie was nevertheless a successful sportswoman in her own right. Wylie and Durack's representation of ... more

  11. Underwear belonging to Edith Lavinia Cameron
    1890 - 1899

    Canberra Museum and Gallery

    These under garments, worn by Edith Lavinia Cameron, are of considerable historical signficance because of their connection to one of Canberra's most prominent pastoral families (see Item ID 526) and their rarity. Underwear is poorly represented in museum collections, the extensive wear-and-tear caused by frequent use and laundering meant that garments were often thrown away before they could be collected and preserved. The status of underwear as everyday items of clothing, rather than reserved for special occassion also meant they ... more

  12. A girl's smocked romper suit. Design "Old Friend".

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    This romper was based on a pattern by Margaret Herzfeld in the 1990s for the "Australian Smocking and Embroidery" magazine and for smocking lessons. Through her teaching and publications, Margaret helped to keep the old skills alive, adapted them, and made them available to new generations when they were not longer taught in schools. She used her considerable talents to teach in Western Australia and interstate, designed original garments for “Australian Smocking and Embroidery" magazine and established a business making smocked ... more