Gowns of Historical Significance

Cavalcade’s collection has several significant heritage gowns. Our earliest gown, Lucy Phoebe, dates from 1787.

  • Mary Tween – circa 1778

    Mary was born in England and was of French descent. Her mother’s name was Sarah Docura. Mary married in 1787. This gown which Cavalcade has dated c1778‑80, did not come to Australia for quite a few years, but may easily have been worn to wave a fond farewell to friends or family sailing in the …

  • Lucy Phoebe – circa 1787

    Lucy Phoebe married in early 1794 and had eight children, three of whom died during infancy. We understand one daughter married a missionary and went to India; one son became a missionary in South Africa; and another son went to New York as a Congregational parson. Lucy’s granddaughter came from England in the 1840s bringing …

  • Jessie Campbell – circa 1855

    Jessie Blackwood wore this gown at her wedding to George Campbell on 10th July 1855 in Glasgow. They emigrated to Australia that same year and purchased a property in Cowra. This two piece day gown is made of royal blue brocade and water-marked taffeta Coloured wedding gowns were popular in this era as they could be …

  • Alice Jemima – circa 1880s

    Alice Jemima Gibson was born in Australia and married Mr Kelso. The couple had one son, Edgar, who was educated at Scotch College in Melbourne and later at Melbourne University. The family moved to Goulburn, where Edgar started the King College for Boys. After her husband died, Alice Jemima remarried, becoming Mrs Finlay and lived …

  • Daisy – circa 1905

    Daisy’s elegant two piece wedding gown has a high waisted cream silk skirt, with an elaborately scrolled centre front panel and a slight train at the back. The bodice, fringed along the lower edge, has long sleeves and a high Edwardian neckline, inset with embroidered net. Her wonderful hat is very typical of the large extravagant creations worn on the head …