Sleeping Bag [Fairydown]
Maker and role
Arthur Ellis & Co Ltd, Manufacturer
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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.
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.
DOUBLE INNER Hand-written
Name / Size Label