Water Bag

Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Water bag, beige coloured hessian bag, with 2 loops sewn into top seam. Cylindrical shaped white ceramic spout on top corner.
Classification
CH classification PERSONAL EFFECTS Travel Goods water bag
Measurements
H355 x W350mm
Media/Materials description
Hessian, ceramic
Signature/Marks
MADE BY / Q.P.S. / BRISBANE [set inside an oval outline]
History and use
Canvas and hessian water bags were used in Australia from at least the mid 19th century. Once the bag was wet the water was retained inside and the effect of evaporation would keep the water cool. In the 20th century the full water bags were often suspended on the front of motor vehicles to aid in the evaporative cooling process while driving along.

This hessian water bag was manufactured by Queensland Pastoral Supplies Limited (QPS) in Brisbane. QPS was distributing water bags and other equipment and supplies for “the man on the land” from the 1920s through its mail order catalogue throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. The company operated well into the 1960s with its diversity of products including pre-cut timber housing.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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H25947

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