'Hand made' Low Isles helmet used for the Great Barrier Reef Expedition, 1928-1929 (Australia).
Shallow water diving helmet.
CH classification MARITIME TECHNOLOGY Diving Diver's helmet
H705mm x W390mm x D480mm
Tin (Metals - Non-Ferrous)
History and use
This ‘home made’ galvanised metal helmet was referred to as the ‘Ned Kelly’ by the scientists who used it on the 1928-29 Great Barrier Reef expedition to Low Isles, off Port Douglas. It was constructed with galvanised iron (probably in Queensland) specifically for the expedition. The angle of the breastplate in relation to the helmet enabled the wearer to view the seabed easily. This helmet allowed the scientists to conduct the first underwater surveys of the reef.