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Registration Number H25265
Classification CH classification COSTUME Underwear woman
Name or Title Corset, Woman's
Production Place Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1912-1932
History and Use

This corset comes from the House of Jenyns, established in Queensland by husband and wife Ebenezer and Sarah Jenyns. Formerly surgical instrument makers, Sarah and Ebenezer began making corsets at a time when they were being repurposed as hygienic, offering health benefits to their wearers. The partnership did not last and Sarah herself became the brains behind the Jenyns Patent Corset, which was designed to alleviate the backache, poor posture and other negative impacts of traditional corsets.

Under Sarah’s direction, Jenyns sold patent rights to manufacture and sell the corsets all over the world.

In the 1950s the business passed to the second generation and expanded into maternity wear and high fashion foundation garments. By 1964 the company had more than 500 employees. In the 1990s, after nearly a century, one of Queensland’s most successful clothing companies ceased operating and today Jenyns corsets are no longer made.

This particular corset is Model 55W and is based on a 1910 patent. It was manufactured in England.

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Registration Number H25266
Classification CH classification COSTUME Underwear woman
Name or Title Corset, Woman's
Production Place Queensland/Australia
Production Date 1912-1932
History and Use

This corset comes from the House of Jenyns, established in Queensland by husband and wife Ebenezer and Sarah Jenyns. Formerly surgical instrument makers, Sarah and Ebenezer began making corsets at a time when they were being repurposed as hygienic, offering health benefits to their wearers. The partnership did not last and Sarah herself became the brains behind the Jenyns Patent Corset, which was designed to alleviate the backache, poor posture and other negative impacts of traditional corsets.

Under Sarah’s direction, Jenyns sold patent rights to manufacture and sell the corsets all over the world.

In the 1950s the business passed to the second generation and expanded into maternity wear and high fashion foundation garments. By 1964 the company had more than 500 employees. In the 1990s, after nearly a century, one of Queensland’s most successful clothing companies ceased operating and today Jenyns corsets are no longer made.

This particular corset is based on a 1922 patent and was made at the company’s factory in Melbourne St, South Brisbane.

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Registration Number H19253
Classification CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Female scarf
Name or Title Souvenir Scarf
History and Use

World War 1 souvenirs like this printed square were produced in Egypt and England, often for the Australian soldier market. The troops bought the souvenirs and sent them home to their families, who often framed them or made them into cushion covers and other items. Some items were also exported to Australia and New Zealand and sold there. Depictions of the Gallipoli landing and the sinking of the German ship 'Emden' were popular subjects for the souvenirs. The inscriptions read: "A Souvenir of The Great World War and The Glorious Part Played by Australia and New Zealand; The landing of our gallant sons of Empire on the Gallipoli Peninsula; 'The scrap heap' a view of the 'Emden' after the fight with the 'Sydney' off the Cocos Meeling Islands".

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Registration Number H43796
Classification CH classification DOCUMENTS Maps military map
CH classification COSTUME Headwear unisex
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Souvenirs
Name or Title Scarf - Gallipoli Map
Production Date 1915-1920
History and Use

World War 1 souvenirs like this printed cotton scarf were produced in Egypt and England, often for the Australian soldier market. The troops bought the souvenirs and sent them home to their families, who often framed them or made them into cushion covers and other items. Some items were also exported to Australia and New Zealand and sold there. Depictions of the Gallipoli landing were popular subjects for the souvenirs.

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Registration Number H27028
Classification CH classification TEXTILES Table Linen dressing table cloth
Name or Title Table Runner, Souvenir World War 1
Production Place Egypt
Production Date 1915
History and Use

This silk fringed cloth with embroidered flowers, flags, leaves and scene of the Sphinx and pyramids is a souvenir from World War 1.Souvenirs like this were produced in Egypt and England, often for the Australian soldier market. The troops bought the souvenirs and sent them home to their families, who often framed them or made them into cushion covers and other items. Some items were also exported to Australia and New Zealand and sold there. The inscriptions on this item read: "Souvenir of Egypt 1915. To Ada from Ian Egypt. Cairo." Sadly, the identities of Ada and Ian are not known. They may have been brother and sister, or sweethearts.

Country Egypt
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