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Clothing & Textiles Collection
Image: Jacket - Blue Vinyl Mini
Source: Museum Victoria
This collection consists of clothing and textiles produced and used in historical and contemporary contexts in Victoria. It encompasses social history, design, manufacturing and craftsmanship.
Providing insight into the design, materials, manufacturing techniques and processes, and use and context of clothing and textiles in Victoria, it documents people's responses to their natural and built environments.
Clothing is broadly defined as anything that covers, adorns and accessorises the body. Textiles are broadly defined as vegetable, animal or synthetic materials enhanced by hand or machine to form threads, ropes and sheets of material that can be used to create other products.
Clothing and textiles are a significant form of material culture, and have also been acquired and interpreted in the context of other collection areas, such as Migration History, Childhood and Public Life.
- A comprehensive range of objects from several key Victorian manufacturers, some of which no longer exist, including the Simpson's Glove Factory and the Grenoble's glove collection.
- The Prue Acton Collection is of national significance as a record of the career of one of Australia's leading fashion designers from the 1960s to the 1980s.
- The Economic Botany Collection holds valuable 19th- and early 20th-century samples of both raw and manufactured textile materials.
- The Indigenous Cultures Collection includes a large range of clothing and textiles, including highly significant and unique 19th-century material.
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Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by an unknown British Mint. Issued by Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers & Clothiers, Adelaide, circa 1857. The firm Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers, were in busines ...From: Adelaide, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Frankston Medal - Armstrong Shoe Mart, Frankston 1981 (AD) Issue number 21, Type 1 Mint: Stokes Australasia Other Details: 50 struck in gilt aluminium and given to cu ...From: Frankston, Australia Images: 2
Copper one Penny Token, minted by an unknown British Mint, circa 1860. Issued by William Andrew Jarvey, a Pawnbroker, in Hobart. William Andrew Jarvey arrived in Tasmania on 8 April 184 ...From: Hobart, Australia Images: 2
Copper One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by B. Gittos, Leather Merchant, Auckland, 1864. Benjamin Gittos, 1808 - 1884, was one of Auckland's earliest settlers. ...From: Auckland, New Zealand Images: 2
Bronze One Penny Token, minted by Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by G.L. Beath & Co, Drapers, Christchurch, circa 1870. G.L. Beath & Co. was actually founded by a Mr. Kirby in 1860, and Beat ...From: Christchurch, New Zealand Images: 2
New Zealand Christchurch W. Pratt Token Penny, c. 1858 Mint: Uncertain, probably British Previous Collections: Henry Smith Standard References: Andrews 443 = Heyde 212/1 = Lampard 339 ...From: Christchurch, New Zealand Images: 2
One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint, circa 1862. Issued by Fenwick Brothers, Importers & Clothiers, Melbourne. In November 1852 Orlando Fenwick arrived in Melbourne, he b ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint, circa 1862. Issued by Fenwick Brothers, Importers & Clothiers, Melbourne. Surcharged H. LOXTON. In November 1852 Orlando Fenwick arri ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Copper one Penny Token, minted by an unknown British Mint, circa 1860. Issued by William Andrew Jarvey, a Pawnbroker, in Hobart. Surcharged M.N. William Andrew Jarvey arrived in Tasmani ...From: Hobart, Australia Images: 2