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Magic lantern

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Physical description

A large black metal Magic Lantern projector used for projecting 3 1/4 inch x 4 1/4 inch glass plates, inscribed "HOUGHTON-BUTCHER (GREAT / BRITAIN) LTD / ENSIGN HOUSE, LONDON, W.C.I.". Also includes a box-like chimney, a large piece of black cloth, a small white japara bag, a lens that fits into an Aldis-Butcher Magic Lantern projector (two lens' at either end of a metal tube), a slide holder inscribed with "M.J.D.", a sheet of paper with hand-written text in black ink containing home and business addresses and telephone numbers, two printed notices regarding the use of projector lamps with hand-written annotations, a carrying case for the projector and an electrical cord.

Statement of significance

Included in the Milo Dunphy collection no. 1 are two Japara walker's tents made for Harold Buckland, (original member of the Mountain Trails Club) a Japara gunny sack, dog's coat, billy cans, cooking implements, boots and clothing, fly safe mosquito net, cameras and photographic equipment, .22 revolver, double action six shot .22 revolver, brown leather holster, handmade leather dog shoes, folding wicker pram (known as 'Kanangra Express') and canvas baby's pram panniers.

Pioneering Australian architect, bushwalker and conservationist, Myles Dunphy OBE (1891-1985), was a passionate advocate and campaigner for the establishment of National Parks. The Mountain Trails Club, which Myles Dunphy established in 1914, with Roy Rudder and Bert Gallop, lead to the development of a bushwalking movement from which a voluntary conservation movement emerged. His son, Milo Dunphy AM (1928-1996), also an architect, inherited his father's passion and vision and followed in his footsteps as a bushwalker, explorer and conservationist. Milo Dunphy led successful campaigns to establish national parks within the Blue Mountains, stood as a candidate in two federal elections, was active in several conservation organizations and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1986. The Dunphys' work continues through the Dunphy Wilderness Fund, which spends one million dollars a year (since September 1996) to purchase leasehold and privately held areas of natural significance.

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