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98/55/1 Protective work clothing, comprising harness, belt, overalls and hood, metal / cotton canvas / rope, various makers, 1900-1911, used by Charles Francis Laseron during Sir Douglas Mawsons Austalasian Antarctic Expedition, Australia, 1911-1914. Click to enlarge.

Protective work clothing used by Charles Francis Laseron

Made
  • 1900-1911
This collection of protective work clothing was used by Charles Francis Laseron (1887-1959) during Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. Charles Laseron is an important figure in the history of the Powerhouse Museum (formerly the Sydney Technological Museum), serving a highly distinguished career as collector and Officer in Charge, Applied Arts, for the Museum from 1906 until 1929.

In 1911 Laseron was given leave from the Museum to join the Australasian Antarctic …

Summary

Object No.

98/55/1

Object Statement

Protective work clothing, comprising harness, belt, overalls and hood, metal / cotton canvas / rope, various makers, 1900-1911, used by Charles Francis Laseron during Sir Douglas Mawsons Austalasian Antarctic Expedition, Australia, 1911-1914

Physical Description

Items designed for geological excursions and Antarctic expedition.
(-1) Safety harness of woven cotton bands, with attached rope.
(-2) Woven cotton belt, khaki, with metal clasps and fittings.
(-3) Hood, heavy khaki twill fabric, with cape. Reinforced around the face opening, so that it will fit snugly around the face, brim/visor projecting out and around the face, to protect the wearer.
(-4) Overalls, made from heavy cotton twill, large waist band designed to be buttoned to top clothes, with buttons and wood toggles.

Production

Made

  • 1900-1911

Notes

All items were once the property of Charles Laseron. There is no specific information which is relevant to object design.

Not known

Date of Mawson's expedition to Antarctica.

History

Notes

This set of protective work clothing was used by Charles Francis Laseron from 1911-1913 during Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Australia, 1911-1914.

Charles Francis Laseron (1887-1959) was born in Wisconsin, USA, and arrived in Australia with his parents in January 1891. His father, David, was an Episcopalian clergyman, and in 1896 he took charge of a parish at Lithgow, NSW. Charles received his early schooling at Lithgow but was later educated at St Andrew's Cathedral Choir School, Sydney.

Laseron trained in geology at Sydney Technical College and later lectured there. The Sydney Technological Museum engaged Laseron in 1906 as a collector of botanical and geological specimens. Laseron took leave from the Museum to take part in Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, where he worked as taxidermist, biological collector, and general scientific assistant from 1911-1913. He was awarded the Polar medal for his work in the Antarctic and later published an account of his Antarctic experiences in 'South with Mawson' (1947).

On his return to Australia, Laseron joined the Australian Imperial Forces, and was wounded at the Gallipoli landing. He subsequently returned to Sydney in 1916, where he resumed work at the Sydney Technological Museum. He rose to secure the position of Officer-in-Charge of the Applied Art collection. In this capacity he wrote papers and collected a range of ceramic and porcelain artefacts and was instrumental in establishing the New South Wales Applied Arts Trust. Laseron was forced to resign in 1929 after a long-running dispute with curator Arthur Penfold, who in 1927 launched a departmental inquiry into his position. Laseron later became a dealer and auctioneer and during World War II returned to the AIF where he became an Instructor in Map Reading and Topography with the Commonwealth Military Forces.

REFS:

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090677b.htm?hilite=laseron

Davison, Graeme and Kimberley Webber (eds), 'Yesterday's Tomorrow: The Powerhouse Museum and its Precursors 1880-2005', Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney, 2005

Laseron, Charles, 'South with Mawson: reminiscences of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition', Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1957

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Judy Richter, 1998

Acquisition Date

22 April 1998

Cite this Object

Harvard

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Wikipedia

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