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Overalls worn by Charles Laseron, 1911-13

This is a pair of overalls worn in 1911-13 by Charles Francis Laseron during Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition. They are made from heavy cotton twill and have a large waistband with buttons and wooden toggles. The waistband is designed to be buttoned to clothing worn over the top.

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Stackhat protective sports helmet, 1987

This is a yellow Stackhat protective sports helmet and box, manufactured from plastic and metal by Rosebank Products, Victoria, in 1987.

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Rip Curl Ultimate Elasto wetsuit, 2003

This is a Rip Curl Ultimate Elasto one-piece wetsuit with full-length sleeves and knee-length legs, manufactured from rubber, nylon and metal by Rip Curl in 2003. The top half features a silver and cream design with the Rip Curl logo printed in the middle of the chest. The bottom of the suit is plain black. 'ULTIMATE ELASTO' ...

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Singlet worn in Antarctica by geologist Ian McLeod, 1958

This is a cotton string singlet worn by Australian geologist Ian McLeod in Antarctica in 1958.

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Polar-bear fur mittens worn in Antarctica, 1938-56

This is a pair of polar-bear fur mittens made by Louis Trudel Ltd. They were originally owned by Australian aviator and polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins, and subsequently by Australian Antarctic Division Director Dr Phillip Law, and were used by both men in the Antarctic. The overall dimensions of each mitten are 37 cm ...

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Burberry jacket worn by Ernest Ellis in Antarctica, 1907-09

This is a jacket manufactured by the Burberry company of England and worn by Ernest W Ellis on the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-09, led by Ernest Shackleton. It is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the 'heroic' era of exploration of Antarctica.

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Boots worn by George Rayner in Antarctica, c1928-39

This is a pair of black leather fleece-lined boots used by George Rayner, a biologist, photographer and Antarctic expeditioner based at South Georgia island from around 1928 to 1939. The boots measure 30.0 cm (length) x 12.5 cm (width) x 36.5 cm (height). They were manufactured by Bedggood and Co.

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Blizzard mask worn by Bernie Shaw in Antarctica, 1957

This is a blizzard mask worn by Australian radio operator Bernie Shaw at Mawson Station, Antarctica, in 1957. The mask is made from woollen felt, has holes for the eyes and a hole with a button-over flap for the mouth. The flap has holes in it for the wearer to breathe. The nose covering has an arched flap that is open ...

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Victorian Permanent Artillery officer's helmet, 1893

This is a white cloth helmet, part of the uniform of a Victorian Permanent Artillery officer dating from 1893. It features the 1887 colonial pattern, complete with brass ball ornament, badge and chin chain. The helmet consists of six panels of white cloth with a puggaree - a scarf of silk or cotton wound around a hat or ...

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Australian army tropical service helmet, c1909

This is an Australian army tropical service helmet made in London and inscribed 1909. It is covered in khaki-coloured cloth with a rising sun badge at the front. The helmet was issused to lieutenant Edward John Gaynor, possibly during his army service before the First World War.

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Workers' yellow hard hat

This is a workers' yellow plastic hard hat with black-and-yellow elastic chin strap and 'Board of Works' label. The hat is 29 cm long, 22 cm wide and 15 cm high.

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Khaki green hood with flange for use in Antarctica, 1954-1966

This is a khaki green hood with a round opening for the face. It consists of a flange, a projecting collar of five panels extending from a round crown piece. The panels extend to and flare out around the shoulders. The face opening features a wire-stiffened panel strengthened by machine stitching. This panel extends outwards ...

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Cycling hat, c1930-39

This is a dark khaki coloured hat that appears to be made of canvas. It includes a stiffened peak and chin strap with buckle. It fits snugly over and around the ears. The hat is 38 cm long, 23 cm wide and 28 cm high.

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Female mechanic with Honda motorcycle, 1975

This is an image of a female motor mechanic dressed in overalls and working on a motorcycle in a large automotive workshop. It comes from a black-and-white photographic negative and is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. The negative's dimensions are: height 10.0 cm x width 10.3 cm.

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Meat processing plant, 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph depicting a group of male and female food-processing workers boning and packaging beef products at an abbattoir. At least 18 partly boned carcases are suspended from a metal track to the left, with men standing before many of them, removing further portions of meat. Further to the right, ...

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Refuelling an aeroplane at Tullamarine Airport, 1971

This is a colour image of a tarmac crew refuelling a Boeing 747B aeroplane at the Qantas terminal, Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne. The fuel is being transferred from an Esso refuelling truck. At the same time, a large container bearing the Qantas logo of the time is about to be loaded into the hold of the plane, where two ...

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Space suit in communications display at the Royal Melbourne Show, 1969

Colour image from the original negative depicting a male government worker explaining a space suit (worn by a mannequin) to a group of adults and children. Behind the mannequin is a display of posters, photographs and models relating to space exploration. The negative is 103 mm wide and 100 mm high.

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Olympic tyre manufacturing process, Flemington, 1961

This is a 1961 black-and-white image depicting a process worker operating a tyre building machine at Olympic Tyre and Rubber Company, 100 Racecourse Road, Flemington. The man is applying tread rubber to the tyre. This is one of the final processes in tyre manufacture before the 'green' tyre is vulcanised or shaped. The ...

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Leather bicycle helmet, c1930s

This is a leather bicycle helmet, lined in navy felt, made about 1930-39. An attached label reads '7/6 ea'. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria. The helmet is 12.5 cm long x 28.0 cm wide x 12.5 cm high.

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Ear protector for rugby union, c1930s

This is a padded, brown-leather ear protector, lined with calico, made for use in rugby union. It was tied under the chin with double brown tapes. It was made in about the 1930s at the Simpson's Gloves factory and is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria. The protector is 28.0 cm long x 58.0 cm high.