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Concert group in Middle-Eastern costume, Merrigum, c1910

This image comes from a photographic negative titled 'Merrigum - concert group'. It depicts four young women dressed in Middle Eastern-style clothes. It is part of the large Lilian Louisa Pitts Collection at Museum Victoria. The Collection is a lively record of life in the small fruit-growing and dairying community of Merrigum ...

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Nancy Pitts in 'butterfly' costume, Merrigum, 1910s

This image from a photographic negative shows a young girl, Nancy Pitts, with a large bow in her hair and wrapped in a large sheet of cloth made to look like butterfly wings. The photograph was taken in the 1910s by Nancy's aunt, Lilian.

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Convict jacket

This is a woollen convict jacket from Tasmania. The inside of the jacket is stamped with the mark 'WD', indicating that it was issued by the War Department, and it has an arrow mark, signifying British Government property. These marks date the jacket to after 1855.

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Kapa (tapa), late 1700s

This is a rectangular piece of kapa (tapa or barkcloth) from Hawai'i, cut from a larger piece. There is a seam where two pieces were sewn together before decorating, and a plain border at one end is part of the outer border of the original larger kapa. The hand-painted decoration, in rich orange and black, consists of tapering ...

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Hawaiian feather cloak ('ahu 'ula)

This is a feather cloak given to Captain James Cook by a Hawaiian high chief at Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii on 26 January 1779. It measures 1.54 m x 2.45 m and is made from the yellow and red feathers of an estimated 20,000 mamo, o'o and i'iwi birds. It consists of a fibre backing into which bundles of feathers have been tied. ...

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Hawaiian feathered helmet (mahiole)

This is a feather helmet from Hawaii that was given to Captain James Cook on the beach at Kealakekua Bay in January 1779. It is made from the yellow and red feathers of the mamo, o'o and i'iwi birds. The framework of the helmet is made from the tough aerial roots of the 'ie'ie plant. A net of olona fibres is laid over this ...

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Aviator William Ewart Hart's biplane, 1911

This is a 23.4 cm x 38.8 cm sepia-toned photograph of the homemade biplane of one of Australia's first aviators, William Ewart Hart (1885-1943), after its 1911 landing on the Sydney Showground, New South Wales. A crowd has gathered around the aircraft, obscuring Hart from view.

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Washing clothes in an iron tub, c1890s

This is a black-and-white photograph made from a glass negative. It shows a woman washing clothes by hand in a galvanised iron tub outdoors, beside a high fence made from sheets of galvanised iron. A cane laundry basket and washed clothes hanging on a clothes line can be seen.

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Child's jacket (ma kwa), 1936

This is a handmade bespoke boy's jacket, or ma kwa, manufactured from black satin by Lai Cheung, Hong Kong, in 1936. The jacket features a central opening with five loop-and-button fastenings and a mandarin collar. It is lined in pale blue silk.

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Infant's cream viyella coat, 1950s

This is an infant's cream viyella coat used and owned by Bill Boyd in the 1950s. It has long sleeves, a front stud opening, 'Peter Pan' collar and smocking to the bodice and sleeves.

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Simpson's Gloves Christmas party, 1932

This is a framed black-and-white photograph of the employees of Simpson's Gloves at their Christmas party in 1932. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria. The framed photograph measures 52.0 cm wide x 48.0 cm high.

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The innovator

This is a short animated film highlights the versatility of wool as a natural fibre. The wordless film journeys through the ages and offers a unique view on how wool has been used - and continues - to clothe humans. The video provides an humourous stimulus resource to highlight the range of properties of wool.

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Enrolling in the Land Army, c1944

This is a posed black-and-white photograph, measuring 24.7 cm x 19 cm and taken around 1944 in Drouin, Victoria by Jim Fitzpatrick. It shows a formally dressed young woman seated in front of a desk labelled 'War Agricultural Committee'. A man, seated behind the desk, is handing her a book entitled 'Food front'. The furniture ...

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Cowgirl dress-ups, c1950-80

This fancy dress costume consists of an 'Annie Oakley'-style cowgirl skirt and waistcoat.

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Customised punk outfit worn by Lewis Nicolson, 2004

This is a photograph of Lewis Nicolson at a DIY (do it yourself) punk festival in New South Wales, wearing a ten-piece punk outfit that he customised to reflect his world view. It consists of a hat with badges, a studded leather and chain necklace, white cotton printed T-shirt, sleeveless denim jacket trimmed with fake ...

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Sydney Pern at picnic in tea-tree scrub, 1912

This photograph shows Dr Sydney Pern at a picnic on St Margaret Island on 12 October 1912. He is sitting on the ground, with the shade of tea-tree scrub behind him, wearing long leather riding boots, riding pants, a tie, jacket and hat. Around him is an assortment of picnic items: a small woven picnic basket, a tea cannister ...

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Cowboy dress-ups, c1950-80

This is a boy's fancy dress costume of fabric and plastic cowboy chaps, from about 1950-80. The chaps are decorated with sheriff stars, a holster pocket and a metal buckle at the back. They are 580 mm high and 500 mm wide.

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Chelsea Theatre premiere, Flinders Street, Melbourne, 1960

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting a male and a female performer dancing to live music at a film premiere at the Chelsea Theatre. The dancers are wearing Edwardian-style costume, with the man in a striped suit and straw boater hat and the woman in a striped swimming costume. The negative ...

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Reinforced quilted cotton dress, c1900

This is a faded blue very heavy cotton dress, lined and quilted. It has black stitching, a gathered skirt and waistband, long sleeves and a round neck with a stand-up collar. The back has eyelets to the waist. The dress is 125.0 cm long x 86.0 cm wide.

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Bebe O'Connor holding hands with small boy, c1912

This is a photograph of Bebe O'Connor and a young boy from the Rutter family holding hands next to the tennis court at the O'Connor farm in Won Wron. It was taken in about 1912. In the background Bebe's father, John Joseph O'Connor, is sitting on crates watching the game. Everyone in the photograph is wearing a hat. This ...