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First aid kit

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Physical description

Blue plastic box containing medical and sewing equipment including: six needles, two flat spools of cotton thread, yellow plastic thimble, three buttons, Elastoplast adhesive dressing bandage, nine band aids, gauze bandage, surgical tape, Savlon antiseptic cream, stainless steel forceps, light plastic bags, Mylanta tablets, and a plastic comb.

Statement of significance

The Milo Dunphy collection no. 2 contains 120 objects, including several items of clothing suitable for bushwalking, hiking and camping (shirts, scarves, beanies, gloves, socks, thermal underwear, boots, gaiters), water bags, drawstring bags, haversacks, camping equipment (billy cans, cooking and eating utensils, water bottles, food storage containers), backpacks, rucksacks, sleeping bags, first aid kit, white japara tent bag containing a white japara wall tent inscribed with place names, membership badge of the Mountain Trails Club of N.S.W, singlet style Speedo swimming costume, Paddy Pallin khaki canvas backpack and khaki japara 'A' framed tent, manufactured by "Paddy Made". Some of the objects include items of gear passed down to Milo by his father Myles Dunphy, while others were purchased or assembled by Milo himself. Elements of this kit were used for bushwalking and camping expeditions (and visits to some environmental blockades/protests) throughout Australia, from Tasmania to North Queensland and the Northern Territory. There were also expeditions to New Zealand and Nepal, and some kit items such as Nepalese woollen gloves and cap were collected overseas.

Pioneering Australian architect, bushwalker and conservationist, Myles Dunphy OBE, (1891-1985), was a passionate advocate and campaigner for the establishment of National Parks. The Mountain Trails Club, which Myles Dunphy established with friends Roy Rudder and Bert Gallop in 1914, led to the development of a bushwalking movement and to the emergence of a voluntary conservation movement. His son, Milo Dunphy AM (1928-1996), also an architect, inherited his father?s passion and vision and followed in his footsteps as a bushwalker, explorer and conservationist. Milo Dunphy lead successful campaigns to establish national parks within the Blue Mountains, stood as a candidate in two federal elections, was active in several conservation organizations and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1986. The Dunphys? work continues through the Dunphy Wilderness Fund, which spends one million dollars a year (since September 1996) to purchase leasehold and privately held areas of natural significance.

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