What is the Australian Dress Register?
The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance. This includes men's, women's and children's clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday. Museums and private collectors are encouraged to research their garments and share the stories and photographs while the information is still available and within living memory. The Register encourages people to consider their collections very broadly and share what they know about members of their community, what they wore and life in the past. This provides access to a world wide audience while keeping their garments in their relevant location. More
These convict-issue trousers are made of coarse wool. Appraisals indicate that this is from the Suffolk sheep breed, which produces strong, coarse fleece. The structure of the cloth is a plain weave, which has been felted. There is no clear indication of the origin of the cloth; the Suffolk breed ... More
Themes: Everyday wear, Uniform, Workwear
What the Australian Dress Register means to Justine Malinowski: "it's a tool to allow people to research what is out there in other people's collections"
It is rare to find a superbly provenanced uniform from the 19th century in such good condition. The uniform is of great significance, being connected to an influential colonial family from the Camden region of New South Wales. The Onslow uniform dates from 1882 and was owned and worn by Francis Montgomery Onslow who was ... More