Object: Uniform, woman’s
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Osborn, E (manufacturer(s)), circa 1900, New Zealand
x 400mm (Width/Depth)
|Credit line||Bequest of the Edwin family, 1966|
This uniform was worn by one of the Edwin sisters, both of whom were part of the Wellington Ladies' Khaki Corps in 1900 (known informally as the 'Amazon Corps').
Girls' and Ladies' Khaki Corps (or Contingents) were organised throughout the country during 1900 to raise funds as part of New Zealand's South African War effort (1899-1902). Denied entry into active war service, women threw themselves into patriotic work on the home front. Contingents were quickly established throughout New Zealand in cities and small towns.
Khaki Corps members, often young society women, dressed in khaki uniforms with skirts and hats (modelled on men's uniforms). The Khaki Corps had a full range of military titles, and local volunteer officers coached members in military exercises. Members, including the Edwin sisters, would have participated in influential fund-raising events, such as the Patriotic Carnival at Government House in 1900 organised by Lady Douglas in aid of the Wellington 'More Men' Fund. Five thousand people attended this event and it was publicised in pictorial weeklies (newspapers) throughout the country.
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