Red one-piece swimsuit with overskirt

Scottish immigrants John Ross and Robert Glendining built the Roslyn Woollen Mill in 1879. Located in the Kaikorai Valley in Dunedin, the mill was designed to produce a mixture of yarn, blankets, flannels and plaiding. Several years later, new knitting machines were installed to manufacture hosiery and knitwear. By the 1930s when this Roslyn swimsuit was made, factories in Dunedin, Invercargill, Christchurch, Te Awamutu, Auckland and Whangarei manufactured a wide range of clothing and shoes under a number of labels.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Dion and Kaye Coleman
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Unknown
Maker: Roslyn
Manufacturing location: New Zealand
Garment type: Swimsuit
Material: Wool
Colour: Red
Label: Roslyn
Date: 1930s