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Blizzard Mask - Bernie Shaw, Mawson Station, 1957 Object Reg. No: SH 930801

Blizzard mask used by Australian radio operator Bernie Shaw at Mawson Station, Antarctica, in 1957. The mask is used in extreme blizzard conditions for protection of the face.

Part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the post-war era of scientific exploration of Antarctica.
This blizzard mask is made from woollen felt. The felt showing on the outside is black in colour, while the supporting felt on the inside is cream in colour. The mask is made with holes for the eyes and a hole with a butt on over flap for the mouth. The flap has holes in it for the person to breath. Covering the nose is an arched flap open at the bottom. The mask extends beneath the chin and has earflaps that button up over the back of the head. Keeping it in place is a tape over the head with a loop leading to the front of the mask.
Statement Of Significance:
This is an interesting example of Antarctic clothing. A blizzard mask is a piece of protective clothing unique to Antarctic conditions. After use in the blizzard, a mask would generally be iced up and the person wearing it would present a fearsome appearance.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Phillip Law - Australian Antarctic Division Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 28.00 cm (Height), 7.00 cm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Need to check dimensions

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Tagged with: antarctic exploration, protective clothing safety wear, making history - antarctic
Themes this item is part of: Antarctic Clothing, Antarctica Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: EXPLORATION
Secondary Classification: Antarctic
Tertiary Classification: headwear
Inscriptions: Written inside, black ink, "B. SHAW".
Commissioned By: Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE)
Place & Date Used: Mawson Station, Macrobertson Land, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica, 1957

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