Elegant lines featured a rich collection of 19th century gowns and accessories from Narryna’s nationally significant costume collection and a private collection. Dresses worn by prominent Tasmanians such as the artist and writer, Louisa Anne Meredith and Sarah Butler of Narryna’s neighbour, Stowell sat alongside the more austere apparel worn by Sarah Benson Walker, who lived at Narryna from 1852 to 1854. The Walker family were Quakers and their religious philosophy regarded simplicity as a virtue. Quaker dress combined plain colours with simple lines, beautiful quality fabrics and exquisite stitching. It thus appeals to a contemporary aesthetic.
Image: Sarah Butler’s printed cotton day dress c. 1842