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Costume is one of the most recognisable aspects of Sovereign Hill’s interpretation of life on the goldfields, and contributes significantly to the visitor experience. It is also, in itself, an exhibit¬ - a very powerful interpretive device for communicating what life was like on the goldfields, and how fashion, morality, etiquette and social structures have changed over time.

Wear costume with pride, and enjoy the unique experience that wearing costume can give you - the chance to play a starring role in a great Australian story!

Brett Dunlop
Director Museums

Costume Policy

Costume for students

Authentic costuming is one of the most important aspects of our program. We ask children and adults to take pride in the correct wearing of costume and make every effort to come prepared.

All students must be prepared with:
• Flat black or brown leather shoes (closed toes, preferably no buckles or zips);
• Plain neutral long socks or stockings;
• No heavy makeup, nail polish (including shellac), facial piercings (except small earrings for girls and women) or wristwatches;
• Plain white/cream t-shirts, singlets or thermals to wear underneath the costume in cold weather; and
• Female students should have their hair parted in the centre and tied back neatly with plain hair ties or ribbons - in two plaits if possible.

boy costume school

girl costume school

Costume for visiting teachers and other adults

Costuming of visiting teachers and other adults is managed by the Sovereign Hill Costume Department on Day 1 of the program. You will be advised of the Museum’s policy for the wearing of costume. It is most important that you adhere to this policy as visitors to the Outdoor Museum will assume that you are Sovereign Hill staff when you are dressed in costume. Therefore, your appearance and behaviour must be consistent with the standards on which the Museum prides itself.

In preparation for costuming visiting teachers, parents and other school staff are asked to note the following requirements:

• Flat black or brown leather shoes or boots (closed toes, preferably no buckles or zips);
• Plain neutral long socks or stockings;
• No heavy makeup, nail polish (including shellac), facial piercings (except small earrings for girls and women) or wristwatches;
• Plain white/cream t-shirts, singlets or thermals to wear underneath the costume in cold weather; and
• Female staff must have their hair parted in the centre or tied back off the face, in a bun or held in a snood (provided). Plaits are not worn by adults.

male teacher costume school

female teacher costume school