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Introducing the Australian Dress Register to Queensland

The Australian Dress Register, a national database managed by the Powerhouse Museum, has opened for Queensland entries about pre-1975 men’s, women’s and children’s dress. Entries on the register feature garments that are valued for different reasons, sometimes because of the rarity, age, design but most importantly because of the history they represent.

FREE Seminar
Date: 26 MARCH 2014, 10am-12.30pm
Venue: State Library of Queensland, Meeting Room 1B, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank

The seminar speakers included:

  • Dr Margaret Maynard, Associate Professor, University of Queensland on Why dress matters

  • Lindie Ward & Sarah Pointon, Powerhouse Museum on The Australian Dress Register

  • Dr Michael Marendy, costume, clothing and textile specialist on Highlights of QLD Costume collections

  • Karen Douglas, recipient of a M&GSQ Internship to the Powerhouse Museum’s Dress Register, on The first Qld entry from the costume collection of Templin Historical Village


FREE How To Workshop: Doing an Entry on the Australian Dress Register
Date: 26 MARCH 2014, 1.30pm-5.00pm
Venue: State Library of Queensland, Meeting Room 1B, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank

Lindie Ward and Sarah Pointon from the Powerhouse Museum used a garment from the collection of Miegunyah House Museum to demonstrate step by step the process of object documentation, writing descriptions, undertaking research, recording stories and collecting images and other historic documentation. A simple standardised process for assessing significance and object documentation was demonstrated.



This event is brought to you by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland and the Powerhouse Museum with the support of Australasian Registrars Committee (ARC) as a pre-conference event for the 2014 ARC conference ‘Changing Spaces’. Venue support is courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.


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