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From: Corinne Thompson <>
Subject: Re: [CON] National Dress.
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 10:24:37 +1000
It was I who started the jean thing ...... and you could very well be right
re the jeans and the Cornish Miners ...... what I do know is that their
first appearance does seem to have been on the American Goldfields and that
it was the Americans who brought them to Australia during our goldrush days.
Kindest Regards ...... Corinne.
> I believe it was Warren and Pat who mentioned jeans and t-shirts as
> Australian national costume and this would be most appropriate as the
> Cornish miners may have invented jeans. Several years ago I went to the
> small mining town of Virginia City and it was mentioned on the tour that the
> Cornish miners there originally wore plain canvas trousers to work, which
> were made by a local tailor. They were not very convenient and they asked
> the tailor to put some pockets in the back where they could carry small
> tools and to add some metal rivets to strengthen the pocket and other
> stress points in the seams. He did as they asked and what we know as jeans
> were born. Then a gentleman called Levi Strauss visited Virginia City, saw
> what the Cornish miners were wearing and took the idea back to San Francisco
> where he produced similar trousers for the miners of the Gold Rush. He
> eventually found a better material from France known as 'genes' which in
> America became spelled as 'Jeans".
> I don't know how accurate the story is, but I definitely believe it!
> Best wishes, Joan
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