Balmain working class hero and Labor legend Tom Uren dies a national icon on Australia Day.
This Political Giant who is locally and nationally celebrated will remain as an important part of our Australian History. The different stages of Tom’s almost 94 years covered so much of the Australian experience – soldier, heavyweight boxer, prisoner of war, parliamentarian, anti-war activist, Minister, environmentalist, and humanitarian of the highest order.
Mayor Darcy Byrne, Tom Uren and Cr Linda Kelly- Balmain Library
History Week was full of engaging and informative events. Powerhouse museum curator Lindie Ward, gave a presentation on “What they Wore on the Waterfront” tracing a history of the clothes worn by men and women on the Balmain Peninsula. Beautiful images from the Tyrell collection, Mitchell Library and Powerhouse Museums online collection, showed men working on building sites, docks and factories.. wearing Panama Hats, Fedora hats, Bowlers hats, Dakota hats, waistcoats, braces, three pieces suits and summer linen three quater pants were amongst the clothes worn by men. Women wore working aprons, high neck collars, ankle length skirts, with tailored jackets for outdoor recreational activities such as bike riding and picnics.
Many people have come in to Leichhardt Library to view the Kath Farrell collection. A private collection containing an original Edwardian Satin dress with silk bows, 1950s and 1960s swimwear. Colonial corsets. 1910 childrens dresses, hand operated sewing machine, 1920s David Jones shop display wig, Mens collars, 1930s shoes, watchmaking devices, 1953 bone tailored dress, 1930s dress, and mens 1940s suit. For more information on private historic collections why not check out the Australian Dress Register
Men’s Woolen 1920s Jansen Swimmers
1920s coarse silver wig.
Glass cabinet display, lace, 1930s shoes, 1920s hat, 1850s shoes.