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Dress Worn by Elizabeth Marsden from Australia, 1830

March 10, 2015

Dress Worn by Elizabeth Marsden from Australia, 1830

Australian Dress Register, Powerhouse Museum

Elizabeth and Samuel Marsden married at Holy Trinity church in Hull, Yorkshire, on 21 April 1793. The newly married couple, expecting their first child, left London on 1 July 1793 on the ship ‘William’. They arrived in Port Jackson in March 1794 with their daughter Ann, who was born during the eight month journey. Reverend Samuel Marsden was an important figure in colonial New South Wales. As the chaplain to New South Wales, Marsden endeavoured, with some success, to improve the standard of ‘morals and manners’. Samuel soon became a leading figure in colonial life, combining, sometimes controversially, his job as the colony’s clergyman with that of magistrate, missionary, wealthy landowner and farmer.

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