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Predicate Object 1946.189 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1946.189, W1062 2015-05-13T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-15T01:33:38.493Z Scars on the Heart 60 Hazard gas warfare/wars occupation/wars Japanese gas mask in satchel, WW2 Collected by donor Sir Albert Fuller Ellis (1869-1951), when on a visit to Nauru & Ellice Islands shortly after the Japanese Occupation. Arthur Fuller Ellis was appointed as British Phosphate Commissioner in New Zealand in 1921 and held this position until his death in 1951. In 1945 he represented the New Zealand Government at surrender ceremonies held at Ocean and Nauru Islands, at the end of their occupation by the Japanese. Japanese gas mask in satchel, WW2 .1 base of canister has a threaded aperture; two rubber stoppers attached to canister with string .2 mask: grey cotton covered rubber face mask with elasticised cotton tapes for securing to head; rubber hose of similar composition attaches mask to grey-painted metal canister .3 satchel: oblong grey green cover fastened from top on side by cotton tape; rear has cotton tape and webbing; inside is a buttoned pocket which contains a booklet, a bandage, and a green metal tube with cork stopper; base has air vent markings: .1 canister base stamped in black ink 17.5 and Japanese characters (in relief) on top .2 mask: stamped in black ink under chin: "[Japanese character] / 175" and "[anchor] / 46" .3: Japanese characters handwritten in black ink on white cotton, sewn to satchel; number stamped in black ink at front of satchel: 9266 gas mask
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