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The Australian Army Uniform and the Government Clothing Factory

Innovation in the Twentieth Century


  • Provides unique insights into the driving forces behind the changes in the Australian Army uniform

  • Examines collaborations between the Australian Army, the Government Clothing Factory and scientists

  • Explores changes in the design and production of army uniform across the twentieth century


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Anneke van Mosseveld
    Pages 1-22
  3. Anneke van Mosseveld
    Pages 47-69
  4. Anneke van Mosseveld
    Pages 99-110
  5. Anneke van Mosseveld
    Pages 111-151
  6. Anneke van Mosseveld
    Pages 153-185
  7. Anneke van Mosseveld
    Pages 187-205
  8. Anneke van Mosseveld
    Pages 207-222
  9. Anneke van Mosseveld
    Pages 223-233
  10. Anneke van Mosseveld
    Pages E3-E3
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 235-269

About this book


This book reveals the business history of the Australian Government Clothing Factory as it introduced innovative changes in the production and design of the Australian Army uniform during the twentieth century. While adopting a Schumpeterian interpretation of the concept of innovation, Anneke van Mosseveld traces the driving forces behind innovation and delivers a comprehensive explanation of the resulting changes in the combat uniform. Using an array of archival sources, this book displays details of extensive collaborations between the factory, the Army and scientists in the development of camouflage patterns and military textiles. It uncovers a system of intellectual property management to protect the designs of the uniform, and delivers new insights into the wider economic influences and industry linkages of the Government owned factory


material culture First World War Joseph Schumpeter Australian Department of Defence camouflage

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

About the authors

Anneke van Mosseveld is Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of New England, Australia. She was previously engaged in industry development with the Australian, United States, German and Netherlands governments and has produced industry studies for government organisations, multinational companies and financial institutions. The research leading to this book received the prestigious 2017 C.E.W. Bean prize (postgraduate division).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Australian Army Uniform and the Government Clothing Factory
  • Book Subtitle Innovation in the Twentieth Century
  • Authors Anneke van Mosseveld
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-71424-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-89072-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-71425-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 269
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Australasian History
    History of Military
    Cultural History
    Economic History
    Modern History
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