In the cold climes, the possum & Kangaroo skin matchcoats/cloaks kept these people warm & dry long before the white man found Australia.
A Koorie woman wearing a Bobuck cloak.
The men sitting are wearing wool blankets whilst the standing men wear Possum skin cloaks.
Image courtesy Fauchery Album, LaTrobe Library..
This princely inhabitant of Bundyang wearing a possum skin cloak was drawn by OW Brierly in about 1843.
Kangaroo skin matchcoat.
Queen Mary wearing a Possum skin Matchcoat.
'Queen Mary - Ballarat', c. 1870, by Kruger, Frederick, courtesy of Sovereign Hill Gold Museum.
Wamba Wamba possum skin cloak
© Ngarra Murray
The Healing and Gathering Possum Skin Cloak, on display in Melbourne
(photo: Jess Kritzer)