The Anderson air raid shelter

This prefabricated, British-designed, Australian-made Anderson air raid shelter was purchased and erected by the Adams family of 405 Gardeners Road, Mascot, Sydney. Bessie Adams and her sons purchased the shelter a few weeks after the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour and the shelling of the coastal suburbs that followed.

Anderson shelters were designed before the outbreak of the Second World War and issued free to many British families. They were named after the British Home Secretary and Minister for Home Security, John Anderson. Although the shelters were made here, Australian families like the Adams had to buy them.

Adams family installing their Anderson shelter - P04338.003 Adams family installing their Anderson shelterP04338.003

Adams family installing their Anderson shelter - P04338.002 Adams family installing their Anderson shelterP04338.002

Adams family installing their Anderson shelter - P04338.005 Adams family installing their Anderson shelterP04338.005

Adams family installing their Anderson shelter - P04338.004 Adams family installing their Anderson shelterP04338.004

Bessie Adams and her son Fred - P04338.001 Bessie Adams and her son FredP04338.001

The Anderson air raid shelter - REL29034 The Anderson air raid shelterREL29034

Instructions used by the Adams family to install their air raid shelter - RC02409 Instructions used by the Adams family to install their air raid shelterRC02409