Book, The Cutter's Guide; Angus & Robertson Ltd.; John Sands; 1907; 21.92


Port Macquarie Museum


Book, The Cutter's Guide

About this object

The Cutter's Guide: A Manual of Dresscutting and Ladies Tailoring by M. E. Roberts, a lecturer at Sydney Technical College. The khaki green covered book comprises 86 pages including diagrams. The book title is printed on the cover in gold lettering. The book was published in response to requests from students an and ex-students to have lectures from the Sydney Technology College dressmaking course published. The introduction states that the book illustrates the principle on which ladies garments are cut and shows the system (or rules) for a cutter to use when copying any fashion style.

The Sydney Technical College established a Dressmaking course in the Hastings River District in April 1906 with classes conducted at Beechwood, Rawdon Island, Telegraph Point, Wauchope and Port Macquarie. The classes were conducted by Miss E J Melville, a former student of the Sydney Technical College, who was residing at Port Macquarie. Course fees were 15 shillings per term of 14 weeks. Up to 70 local women enrolled in the course with 14 of them receiving honours in the examinations held in December 1907.

This book was owned and used by Ethel Emaline Edwards, nee Sonter [1887-1974]. Ethel Sonter passed her Sydney Technical College examination in Dressmaking - Ordinary with Honours in December 1907. At the time Ethel was living with her parents at the Hamilton Saw Mills at Hibbard Port Macquarie. She married Alfred (Jackie) Edwards, a mill and log punt worker in 1914. It is understood Ethel sewed throughout her life, in later years assisted by her daughter Annie.


John Sands

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Angus & Robertson Ltd.

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Paper, ink

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Inscribed on first page 'Ethel E. Sonter/ Hamilton Saw Mills/ Port Macquarie/ 3rd/12/1907'


250mm L, 190mm W, 10mm Deep

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Donor: J Walsh

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