Sleeping Bag [Fairydown]

Maker and role
Arthur Ellis & Co Ltd, Manufacturer
Production date
Circa 1955
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Object detail

Accession number
2017.23.25
Production period
Description
Sleeping bag used by Derek Wright during Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955-1958).
Khaki green coloured ripstop nylon, goose down sleeping bag with sewn chevron compartments and inwards facing metal zip partway down centre front. Two ties at bottom end of sleeping bag, and five ties behind top edge of sleeping bag.
Makers label on bottom left side "Fairy / DOWN SLEEPING BAG / "EVEREST" MODEL / ARTHUR ELLIS & CO. LTD, / DUNEDIN". Name label on inside centre back "Name / Size" with handwritten "DOUBLE INNER" in 'size' area.
Sleeping bag has been patched several times with khaki green patches. The sleeping bag was specifically designed for the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
Brief History
This Fairydown 'Everest' sleeping bag was used by Derek Wright on the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1957-58.
Wright was a member of the New Zealand party led by Sir Edmund Hillary, which laid supply depots to support the final leg of Sir Vivian Fuchs' successful overland crossing of the continent. Wright was also one of the group who reached the South Pole on Ferguson tractors, the first expedition to do so in motorised vehicles.
Marks
Fairy / DOWN SLEEPING BAG / "EVEREST" MODEL / ARTHUR ELLIS & CO. LTD, / DUNEDIN Label
DOUBLE INNER Hand-written
Name / Size Label
Credit Line
Arthur Ellis & Co Ltd. Circa 1955. Sleeping Bag [Fairydown], 2017.23.25. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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Thank you for sharing this.

- MOTAT Curatorial Research on 20-12-2020 20:35:56

Yes, I bought a Fairydown sleeping bag in 1967 and still have it today, 2020. A unique feature is the unzip at the foot for warm nights.

- Doug Mecham on 14-12-2020 20:56:18

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