This week’s Australian Army post is a waterproof bag that was designed to be used to keep a man’s toiletries in when in the field. Keeping clean and hygienic is important at the best of times, but in the jungles of South East Asia became even more so where jungle sores and disease were rife. The bags came out in the 1960s and featured and internal divider that allowed dry and wet items to be kept seperate. The stores catalogue described the bag as “66-012-4876 Bag, Toilet Accessories, nylon, green”. The bag itself is, therefore, made of dark green nylon:
A simple drawstring is fitted to the top to allow it to be pulled in to protect the contents:
It is stamped on the front with the initials of the manufacturer, a /|\ property mark and the words ‘Made in Australia’:
This is the mark of the Australian Government Clothing Factory who produced a range of Australian Military kit over the years. The factory dates all the way back to 1912 and a potted timeline of the factory shows it has had a convoluted history:
1912 – The Federal Government of Australia establishes the Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory in Bank Street, South Melbourne. Core business is the manufacture and supply of uniforms and clothing products for Department of Defence and Post Master General.
1971 – The company moves to a purpose-built plant in Coburg, Victoria.
1988- Management transfers from federal government control to become the Clothing Division of Australian Defence Industries (ADI). Core business continues to be the manufacture and supply of combat and ceremonial uniforms.
1989 – ADI Clothing Division diversifies manufacturing across 3 plants: Coburg and Bendigo in Victoria, and Leichhardt in New South Wales.
1992 – Manufacturing operations consolidate to the Bendigo plant.
1995 – ADI Clothing Division is privatised, becoming Australian Defence Apparel Pty Ltd.
2011 – Australian Defence Apparel purchased by Parsons Logistik Pty Ltd