Jubilee 150 Collection
This collection constitutes approximately 200 items relating to the sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) of European settlement of South Australia in 1986 (known as Jubilee 150 or J150). The core of the collection is the original and reproduction costumes and accessories used in the popular social history exhibition Those Were The Days. The exhibition was a project of the Women's Executive Committee and held in John Martin's Department Store in Adelaide. The remainder of the collection is mainly souvenirs featuring the J150 logo and 'J.W.' the wombat, the J150 mascot.
South Australia celebrated the sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) of European settlement in 1986. A feature of the Jubilee 150 (J150) was the popular costume and social history exhibition Those Were The Days. The exhibition was a project of the Women's Executive Committee and was held in the Auditorium at John Martin's Rundle Mall store between 22 August and 13 September. The Committee donated most of the costumes and accessories to the Migration Museum, which opened in 1986.
Each significant anniversary of European settlement in South Australia since 1836 (major dates being 1886 [50th], 1936 [100th] and 1986 [150th]) has had a particular flavour, spirit and/or atmosphere, reflecting South Australian society at that time. Jubilee 150 (1986) was a particularly well-coordinated and well-funded celebration. It was potentially the last time that an anniversary of European settlement would be 'celebrated', rather than 'marked', in South Australia. Protests about the celebratory nature of the 1988 Australian Bicentenary, and the consequent Reconciliation movement, have meant that future anniversaries are likely to pay greater heed to the impact of European settlement on Indigenous Australians.
A Migration Museum collection. Access to collection items held in Museum Stores is by appointment only.
Clothing; Clothing accessories; Commemorative objects; Replicas
European settlement; Impact; J150; J150 Women's Executive Committee; John Martins; Jubilee 150; South Australia
John Martin's Department Store, Adelaide; Migration Museum, South Australia
Australia; South Australia; John Martin's Department Store, Adelaide