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Historic threads online

Friday, 19th August, 2011

FINE THREADS: BH Migrant Heritage Committee secretary Christine Adams with the beautiful jacket. FINE THREADS: BH Migrant Heritage Committee secretary Christine Adams with the beautiful jacket.

He came to Broken Hill in 1905 and worked on the Central Mine and for the Silverton Tramway Company and helped his father-in-law who was a cameleer.

His jacket is made of green silk velvet and is both machine-stitched and hand-stitched.

It can be seen on the Australian Dress Register which is a new online resource launched during an exhibition at the Museum of the Riverina in Wagga Wagga.

The register is an initiative of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Christine Adams, secretary/treasurer of the Broken Hill Migrant Heritage Committee, returned yesterday from Wagga Wagga after taking the jacket to the launch of the register.

Mrs Adams said it took “pride of place” at the launch.

She said the register was a fantastic idea that enables historic clothing and textiles to be shown without moving them from their home towns.

Mrs Adams said Shamroze Khan’s family members told her that he bought it on a pilgrimage to Mecca, and Staff of the South Australian Mosque said the jacket had religious significance. 

“Afghans didn’t have an easy life and Shamroze Khan felt proud of himself when he wore it,” Mrs Adams said.

The jacket is now housed in a conservation drawer at the Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum and is available to interested parties at all times. There is little likelihood it will be displayed externally because of its fragile condition.

The jacket can also be seen on the Australian Dress Register website  www.australiandressregister.org/garment/250/ 

Mrs Adams said if anyone had historic textiles or clothing they would like to see on the register, they may contact her on 8087 4609.

 

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