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In 1936 South Australia celebrated the centenary of its founding. The state government sponsored four official centenary celebration functions. these were
Thelma Thomas Afford was the official costume designer for these 1936 productions, and on this website are some of the costume designs she created. All are from Heritage or the Pageant of Progress. The designs included period costumes of different eras and styles of the 19th century and also symbolic, interpretative and fantasy costume designs.
The State Library of South Australia's Thelma Thomas designs are held at PRG 689/1. Each design has a filing item number, sometimes a plate number, the name of the character or style the design represents, and the name of the person who played the character. Complete details are shown here only for the design used on the Women & Politics in South Australia home page. Brief details only are shown for the others. Further detail is shown on the originals. These items may be identified by the miniatures shown on the original graphics page.
Item 18 (plate 88) 1st Suffragette
Item 19 (plate 121) 1890 Nurse
Item 21 (plate 132) Helen Spence
Item 22 (plate 90) 3rd Suffragette
Item 27 Sturt Pea
Item 34 Morse Code Overland Telegraph
Item 35 Justice
Item 36 (plate 58) Freedom
Item 47 1815-29
Item 50 (plate 92) 5th Suffragette 1890s Hard Bustle
Item 51 1820s Neo-classical influence
Item 55 (plate 89) 2nd Woman's Vote 1880-1890s
Item 61 Barley Sugar
Item 62 Spring