ProvenanceDress from 1968, outfit displayed in the Jubilee 150 Board's exhibition 'Those were the days'. Donated to the Jubilee 150 Board by Lady Porter.SignificanceSouth Australia celebrated the sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) of European settlement in 1986. A feature of the Jubilee 150 (J150) was the popular costume and social history exhibition ‘Those were the Days’. The exhibition was a project of the Women's Executive Committee and was held in the Auditorium at John Martin's Rundle Mall store between 22 August and 13 September. The Committee donated most of the costumes and accessories to the Migration Museum, which opened in 1986.
Each significant anniversary of European settlement in South Australia since 1836 (major dates being 1886 [50th], 1936 [100th] and 1986 [150th]) has had a particular flavour, spirit and/or atmosphere, reflecting South Australian society at that time. Jubilee 150 (1986) was a particularly well-coordinated and well-funded celebration. It was potentially the last time that an anniversary of European settlement would be 'celebrated', rather than 'marked', in South Australia. Protests about the celebratory nature of the 1988 Australian Bicentenary, and the consequent Reconciliation movement, have meant that future anniversaries are likely to pay greater heed to the impact of European settlement on Indigenous Australians.DescriptionWhite fabric. 'V' neckline. Wide, pointed double collar. Long fitted sleeves and a dropped waistline. Skirt has box pleats and is printed green between pleats, with apples on front of pleats. The green sections also have series of short horizontal red stripes running across panels with a gap of 7 cm between rows. Printed apple design is repeated on bodice and sleeves. Drip-dry. Label on right hand shoulder seam reads '42'. Hem faced with machine lace.AcknowledgementKeywordswomenCostumeDate of Creationc1965Date of Usage1986Accession NumberHT 1987.1506
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