Fancy dress costumes
Girl's fancy dress garment, hand-painted with cartoons and caricatures showing the work of the Heidelberg Unemployment Bureau.
Patricia Worthington collection
The Australian experience of the Great Depression during 1929 to 1932 was severe. Unemployment peaked at 32% and without work and a regular income many men found it difficult to support their families. Families lost their homes and many men became itinerant workers, as charity groups and soup kitchens attempted to feed masses of hungry people .In Victoria, the Heidelberg Unemployment Bureau met weekly to assist those in the local community find work. It offered jobs and social activities to the community at a time of great need. The dress represents the desperation of one family to obtain money for their family to buy essential items: they planned to buy shoes for Patricia with the prize money. Despite their hopes, the costume won the prize for "most original" fancy dress the prize was a book voucher
Mr Thomas R. Chalcraft
Textile - non specific, Paint - non specific