Australian Army issue underpants, 1950s

Accession Number REL41644
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Elastic
Maker Stedman
Place made Australia
Date made c 1954-1957
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960

Pair plain weave jungle green cotton boxer-style underpants with elasticised waistband. A black printed white cotton manufacturer's label inside the back waist reads 'Stedman/ 32/ SANFORIZED 100% COTTON'.

History / Summary

Standard issue Australian Army underpants from the 1950s.

The green issued underwear was not always popular with Australian soldiers or officers, who often substituted them with privately purchased items. However, they were considered to make excellent polishing and cleaning cloths due to the high quality of cotton in their manufacture,and were widely utilised for this purpose.