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Slippers - Henke, Sealskin, Phillip Law, circa 1960 Object Reg. No: SH 930777

Summary:
Pair of indoor slippers made by Henke with vibram, a new type of rubber sole. These shoes were purchased in Norway and used experimentally in Antarctica by Australian Antarctic Division Director Phillip Law in the 1960s. They were not issued to the men in general, as they were too expensive.

This is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the post-war era of scientific exploration of Antarctica.
Description:
Pair of sealskin indoor slippers with a heavy rubber sole and rubber clip lace fastenings. Lined with lambswool and have a plastic mesh inner sole. The sealskin is golden brown to dark brown in colour. There are 10 metal clips that are used to lace the rubber strand. These clips run up the the front of the shoe. The tongue of the shoe is also covered in sealskin.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Phillip Law - Australian Antarctic Division Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 16.00 cm (Height), 29.00 cm (Width), 10.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: antarctic exploration
Themes this item is part of: Antarctic Clothing, Dr Phillip Law, Scientist, Explorer & Administrator (1912-2010), Antarctica Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: EXPLORATION
Secondary Classification: Antarctic
Tertiary Classification: footwear
Inscriptions: Stamped on rubber shoelace: vibram.
Manufacturer: Henke
Place & Date Used: Antarctica, post 1960

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