Australian Gas Masks

Type:  Respirator, Anti-Gas, Light

Date: 1943

Made by: Various manufacturers

Filter: 60mm

Used by: Military 

The Australian Respirator, Anti-Gas, Light replaced the Australian MK.V general service respirator around 1943. The Australian Respirator, Anti-Gas, Light is an almost identical copy of the British light weight. The most obvious difference between the Australian Respirator, Anti-Gas, Light & the British light weight gas mask, is the camouflage pattern for jungle warfare. The Australian Respirator, Anti-Gas, Light was produced by multiple manufacturers which was very common during that period.


Type: “Four Star” Hose Mask Unit

Made by: Nu Plac Products

Date: June 1948

Used by: Commonwealth Oil Refineries

Nu Plac Products Cat. No. 172.

The “Four Star” was a hose mask unit produced by Nu Plac Products in Melbourne, Australia. The unit has a hand cranked centrifugal blower with dual outlet for supplying air to two masks at once. Each outlet allows for up to 150 feet (45.72m) of hose to be attached. This example came with two 31 foot (9.45m) hoses, one of which was produced by Dunlop Rubber Australia. The kit also came with two Nu Plac “101” respirators which are surplus Second World War United States M3 diaphragm gas masks repurposed by Nu Place Products. The kit would have originally been issued with rescue harnesses and safety line. This piece had been issued to the Commonwealth Oil Refineries in June 1948. It was originally on display at the Cowra War, Rail & Rural Museum which auctioned off its collection in March/April 2017.

Type: Unknown

Made by: Unknown

Date: 1939 (mask) 1956 (filter)

Filter: Fixed

Used by: Industrial


The exact name of this repurposed MK.IV respirator (1939 dated) is unknown. It has a 1956 dated Nu Plac Products Chloropicrin filter attached. It is possible that this MK.IV respirator was repurposed by Nu Plac Products. After World War II military and civilian gas masks were sold / auctioned as surplus to companies and the public for the stripping of materials or repurposing etc.

Type: Puretha Gas Mask (Vista Vision face piece)

Date: ca. 1970's

Made by: Siebe Gorman Australasia Pty Ltd.

Filter: Fixed (Filter Type 'CC')

Used by: Industrial

This exact piece was used by the Shell Corp. in Newcastle, Australia for jobs where harmful substances were present. This included the restoration of storage tanks.

The cardboard information insert can be displayed by using the stand attached on the back.









Type: Lunguard Canister Respirator

Date: 1975

Made by: Protector Safety Products PTY LTD

Used by: Industrial

S10 (ADF Version)
Date: 1988
Made by: Avon Protection
Used by: Military

This early Australian Defence Force S10 gas mask has the old style six point elastic head harness and is pictured with a respirator microphone attached (MIC. RESPIRATOR 5965-99-622-5437). It is believed that this mask was issued to a sector of the military that required respirator radio communication, such as armoured crews. After being removed from service it would have been given to the Army Cadets. The mask pictured is missing the drinking tube assembly, as many of the Army Cadets remove them from the masks. The early Australian S10s were issued with the same style of filter as the British SR6. A training filter, which can be identified by the red paint can be seen pictured with the mask.






Type: S10 (ADF Version)

Date: 1991 (Pictured on right) 

& 2000 (pictured on left)

Made by: Avon Protection

Used by: Military


The difference between the Australian Defence Force S10 and the British S10 is the head harness. The British S10 incorporates a rubber head harness while the Australian Defence Force has a more comfortable elastic mesh head harness.