Past Exhibition 

Childhood – from Orroroo to Kalangadoo and Beyond
Hollie Point Baby's Bonnet

Baby’s Bonnet with Hollie Point Lace 1992.087
This exhibition traced the changing styles of children’s clothing from the 19th century through to the present, as well as the teaching and learning of embroidery and the sewing skills necessary for future life. A hand-made doll, ‘Rose de Peace’, also featured in the exhibition. The exhibits were mainly from South Australia but also from countries around the world.
The dresses, bonnets and other items showed the changing fashions as well as the wide variety of embroidery and needle-made lace techniques used to embellish these items. The earliest item was a Hollie Point bonnet from the early 1700s. Items in the exhibition showed the development of clothing for young boys from dresses, the same or similar to those worn by girls, until at least the 1930s, to smocked romper suits and an older boy’s 19th century hand stitched linen shirt.

The learning of needlework and sewing skills through embroidery samplers and plain sewing samplers, sewing cards and clothing such as aprons, dresses and bonnets made at home or at school under instruction taught children, generally girls through this time period, the skills to make clothing and items for the home or for future employment as embroiderers and/or dressmakers. Dressmakers looking for future employees, would on occasion approach the prize winners in the sewing and needlework sections of the Royal Adelaide Show and no doubt, the Country Shows as well.

Click on this link, A Stitch in Time for South Australia by Brett Williamson, to read the article, see images of the exhibition and hear an interview with the Museum Curator, Dianne Fisher.