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This item is on display at Melbourne Museum
Where is it from?
- A Place & Date Used Camberwell, Australia
Respirator - Air Raid Precautions Warden, circa 1941-1945 Reg. No: SH 911978
- Alternative Name(s): Gas Respirator
Gas mask consisting of rubber face piece with celluloid eyepieces and rubber hose connecting to a chemical-absorbant cannister. Issued to Howard Dawson, an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Warden for the City of Camberwell in 1941.
At the height of the emergency resulting from Japan's advance south in 1942, over 60,000 people in Victoria carried out Air Raid Precautions Warden duties. ARP personnel were trained by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. One of their main duties was to patrol the blacked-out streets, requiring home-owners to black out any lights showing onto the street.
- Gas mask consisting of black rubber face mask, connected by a fabric covered rubber hose to a chemical absorbent canister made of tin plate. The face mask is made of black rubber. Elastic bands attach face piece. The circular eyepieces are made of clear celluloid set in metal rims. The mouthpiece is of brown metal. Flexible rubber hose connects the mask to the canister. The hose is secured to the mask and canister by twisted wires covered with fabric tape. The rectangular tin canister has a red/brown finish and soldered seams, and horizontal bands with rectangular depressions below.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from (Estate of) Howard Dawson, 1991
|Dimensions:||13 cm (Width), 24 cm (Length)|
|Dimension Comment:||Mask size; respirator is 14 L x 12 W|
|Tagged with:||air raid precautions, home fronts, military history, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, -1|
|Themes this item is part of:||Arms Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||MILITARY HISTORY|
|Secondary Classification:||Civilian Life|
|Tertiary Classification:||air raid precautions|
|Place & Date Used:||Camberwell, Victoria, Australia, 1941-1945|
'Air Raid Precautions', Australian War Memorial, http://www.awm.gov.au/underattack/mobilise/precautions.asp, accessed 30/1/2009
The National War Memorial holds a very similar (or identical) object: REL33564.001