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Brighton Historical Society

First Floor Brighton Arts and Cultural Centre (Old Brighton Town Hall) Brighton Phone: 03 9553 8650 Visit Website

Brighton Historical Society was founded in March, 1963 for the purposes of forming a historical society in the Melbourne Suburb of Brighton. Today the Society has about 200 members.

Our Collection

The Society is the custodian of over 1,000 items of clothing including nightwear, bathing costumes, shoes, hats, fans, undergarments and shawls dating from the early 1800's through to the 1980's. From a Jane Austen period patterned cotton dress, through to dresses worn at the court of Queen Victoria and on the Victorian goldfields, Edwardian tea dresses, hand-beaded flapper gowns, clothes covering both wars, the fifties through to the swinging sixties and the padded 1980's shoulders.

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