Alternative Name(s): Gas Mask
Respirator, civilian issue, World War II style, large adult size. Its provenance is not known.
The mask is similar in appearance to the World War II American M1A2-1-1 Noncombatant Gas mask, issued circa 1939-1945. According to the Australian War Memorial, the mask is of the type issued to civilians for air-raid precautions in Australia during World War II.
Gas mask comprising rubber head harness with celluloid eyepieces and elasticized straps to attach around head at back. A grey metal gas filter cannister is fitted to the front of the mask, printed with an extensive inscription about use and cleaning. Grey plastic air vent on one side.
Donation from Mr John Herman, Mar 1985
Extensive inscription printedon gas filter cannister. Includes words '...GAS MASK IS FOR PROTECTION AGAINST / WARFARE AGENTS ONLY...'. Instructions on fitting and cleaning follow. Moulded inscription on head harness 'LARGE ADULT'.
Type of item
Australian War Memorial web site [Link 1] acessed 21/6/2013.