MYOG – Repro Pattern 1895 Water Bottle

Water carriage is crucial for the bushwalker. For the walker who likes their foot-borne adventuring done in the old style, there are a few options for carrying a usable amount of water. One of these is the canteen and one classic canteen which is rarely seen these days, but was a mainstay of bushwalkers and other bushgoers in the 1910s, 20s and 30s, is the circular and enameled steel Boer War era Pattern 1895 MkIV water bottle. Continue reading “MYOG – Repro Pattern 1895 Water Bottle”

Waltzing Matilda with a swag, Part 6 – Water

A swaggie walking his circuit out west knew where the water was, and he also knew that when water was more than a day’s walk he’d have to carry his own supply. Usually a swagman would carry a flax water bag. This would not only allow him to carry 3 or 4 litres relatively easily, but the slightly porous nature of the bag meant the water was always cool. In fact, the hotter the day, the cooler the water. Other methods of carrying water were, in a 5 pint billycan with the lid tied on, or in a canteen or glass bottle on a shoulder strap.

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