(ex) Australian Army Land Rover Part 4 – a gallery from roving around Australia in the Rover

KedumbaValley overnighter

Damo from Bourkey Out Bush recounts a boot-borne swag trip into the Kedumba Valley in the NSW Blue Mountains.

A top read from a top bloke.

Bourkey out bush

Plans began unraveling Friday morning. With a few tasks needing to be done around the house, the intended 2 night stay at Kedumba Valley, that would have started with a post lunchtime walk in, and camp setup mid to late afternoon, became an overnight sleep out with arrival at the trail gate at 0830hrs Saturday.
This was a swagman style of hike exercise, with gear carried via a bedroll, dillybag and satchel. Including food and 3L of water, a total cold weather pack weight of less than 15kg.
The walk in (6.6km, >750m descent) went well enough, with a couple of carry resets along the way. I used the canvas duffle bag to shoulder my bedroll which was adequate, getting the length of the shoulder straps right was a bit inconsistent when changing shoulders. Additionally, a little while after the 2nd carry reset the dilly bag attachment disconnected and forced…

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A Mysterious Australian Military Water Bottle and Pannikin…

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I haven’t yet positively identified which era this is from. I’ve been told variously –

  1. That it’s an inter-war item made for the CMF (AKA the Militia – forerunner of today’s Army reserve)…
  2. That it’s from the pre-World War One era…
  3. That it’s an item of WWII Australian jungle equipment…
  4. That the bottle isn’t for water at all, but is a kerosene or battery acid bottle…
  5. That it’s a reverse Lend Lease item made for US forces in WWII…

There’s no documentary evidence or historical photos to prove any of this either way. I have my own theories on the origin of these bottles, but let’s take a look at the facts, so here’s what we do know about the set –

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