This is a production model of the second generation Eveready Dolphin torch. It was designed by Paul Cockburn of Design Field Pty Ltd, Sydney, in 1972. The new torch had to be shock resistant and waterproof. Cockburn insisted that it should be fairly ugly because he believed that many people would see this as a sign of ruggedness and reliability. He also wanted the torch to be multi functional, so he gave it an angled head that threw light down onto the path ahead or up when placed on the ground, useful when you're changing tyres in the dark. From 1978 until 1989 Cockburn's Dolphin Mark II was the best selling torch in the world. Another redesign in 1989, again by Cockburn, created the even uglier, high-tech styled Dolphin Mark III. The third version of the torch was made in Hong Kong for worldwide distribution. The most recent versions of the torch, Mark 4 and 5 were created by Design Resource in Crows Nest for the US-based Energizer company.
This torch, together with the other versions, illustrates the transformation of a single product from one manufacturer over a period of 40 years.