South Australia celebrated the sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) of European settlement in 1986. A feature of the Jubilee 150 (J150) was the popular costume and social history exhibition Those Were The Days. The exhibition was a project of the Women’s Executive Committee and was held in the Auditorium at John Martin’s Rundle Mall store between 22 August and 13 September. The Committee donated most of the costumes and accessories to the Migration Museum, which opened in 1986. The collection incorporates both originals and reproductions and an original catalogue.
The Jubilee 150 Collection has since expanded to incorporate any J150 memorabilia, including reproductions of 1836 Adelaide Royal Marines uniforms and souvenirs featuring the J150 logo and ‘J.W.’ the wombat, the J150 mascot.