Stories of the Yellow Dresses

Visit Grossmann House to view two incredible 18th century dresses and hear the fascinating stories of these beautiful collection items. Join a house tour, enjoy refreshments in the garden and perhaps find some special homemade goodies to take home.

Maitland’s Grossmann House opens with two very special 18th century dresses on show upstairs in the textile display room.

With a fascinating back story, these stunning dresses provide an insight into 18th century costume and the social mores of the time. Researched by NIDA costume students and a teacher, the dresses are a product of a donation in the mid 20th Century to the National Trust of NSW, and many hours of garment detective work and construction.

Grossmann House will be open for tours, and upstairs is encapsulated by a virtual tour so that no one misses out the treasures at the top of the stairs. Refreshments in the garden of Brough House will be available for sale, as well as Mrs Beckett’s  homemade jams and pickles.

The Fibre Makers’ Space on the second level of Brough House will be open for a look, and a chat with the artisans working there.


Photos (L-R): Jacquie Manning; Alan Todd

Event details

Join us from 10am – 3pm on Sunday:

  • 12 March
  • 30 April
  • 14 May

Group tours can be arranged by emailing


How to book your tickets

General Entry admission ticketing applies.

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Plan your Visit

Grossmann House


71-73 Church Street
Maitland 2320 NSW

(02) 4934 8837
Entry Fees:

National Trust members (and children under 5 yrs) - Free
Adults - $12
Concession -$10
Family - $34

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