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Matchbox - Safety Match Box, Bryant & May, circa 1911 Object Reg. No: SH 930747

Summary:
Bryant and May Patent Safety Match Box collected by Australian Antarctic Division Director, Dr Phillip Law from Mawson's Huts, which were constructed during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914.

This is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the 'Heroic Era' exploration of Antarctica.
Description:
Box made of thin plywood covered in cream paper brand wrapping. The front lists instructions. The sides are coated with striking material and badly scored. The paper backing is missing/torn from the back of the box. Inscribed on the wood in black handwriting 'From Mawson's Hut'. The box contains one wooden match with dark reddish brown tip, and a fragment of wood from the front of the box. The drawer is made of thin plywood with the edges coated by green paper.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Phillip Law - Australian Antarctic Division Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 7.00 cm (Height), 2.50 cm (Width), 4.90 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, souvenirs, commerce, domestic equipment, antarctic exploration, mawson s hut antarctica, matchboxes
Themes this item is part of: Dr Phillip Law, Scientist, Explorer & Administrator (1912-2010), John Henry Collison Close, Antarctic Expeditioner (1871-1949), Sir Douglas Mawson, Geologist & Explorer (1882-1958), Antarctica Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Ship History - HMAS Wyatt Earp
Primary Classification: EXPLORATION
Secondary Classification: Antarctic
Tertiary Classification: personal effects
Inscriptions: Hand written: 'From Mawson's Hut.'
Manufacturer: Bryant & May, London, England, Great Britain, circa 1911
Place & Date Used: Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, 1909-1915
Expedition Leader: Sir Douglas Mawson, Antarctica, 1911-1913
Collector: Dr Phillip Law - Australian Antarctic Division Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, Antarctica, post 1952

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