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Respirator - Air Raid Precautions Warden, circa 1941-1945 Object 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
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 13 cm (Width), 24 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Mask size; respirator is 14 L x 12 W

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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
References: '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
  1. [Book], Kate Darian-Smith - University of Melbourne (The) Australian Centre, On the home front: Melbourne in wartime 1939-1945, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1990, 1990, 18-27 Pages


John Allport Posted on 06 Feb 2010 2:25 PM
Could you advise where to buy the gas mask rubber tubing - thanks
Discovery Centre Posted on 08 Feb 2010 12:34 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi John, thanks for your enquiry. I have Googled 'gas mask rubber tubing manufacturers' and found a couple of rubber manufacturers and suppliers. Maybe start here and they may be able to offer you some advice.
rebecca Ahchay Posted on 18 Jul 2010 7:36 PM
Hi i would like to find out more info on this gas mask, and i would also like to find some one to Value our gas mask any info would be great. thank you rebecca
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 Jul 2010 12:29 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Rebecca, the information we have on the mask is included in the details above. If you wish to do further research, please see the references above, including the AWM Collection item record. The museum does not give valuations - please see the link indicated below for advice on this.
lawrence Posted on 08 Jun 2012 4:06 AM
Hi i have one similiar but the mask part is brown.Can anyone tell me why?
steven.longworth Posted on 21 Jul 2012 6:02 AM
Ihave the exact gas mask as in the picture also 2nd world war helmet found together,the serial no on mask is no4a bw+mltd 1941 v5 ev11 anybody give me information on it,the helmut has the name Duggan written on chin strap ,were found in house in Liverpool England
Discovery Centre Posted on 27 Jul 2012 10:00 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Steven, as you have found the mask in England, we suggest contacting the Imperial War Museum. They may be able to help with identifying who Duggan was.

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