Tek art bracelet : Leading Aircraftman H E Rouland, 2 Mobile Works Squadron, RAAF

Place Asia: Borneo
Accession Number REL24604
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Plastic, Silver
Maker Rouland, Herbert Egerton
Date made c 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Bracelet composed of six linked tapering clear plastic plates cut from a toothbrush handle. Each plate has a thin diamond shaped section of metal attached in the centre. The centre of the diamond shape has been filled in with red transparent plastic. Each plastic plate is linked by two bent metal loops. A hook type clasp is attached. Some of the metal components have been cut from pre-decimal Australian currency.

History / Summary

Associated with 162325 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Herbert Egerton Rouland, RAAF. LAC Rouland was born in Paddington, New South Wales on 27 December 1916 and was a Munitions Worker at the Small Arms Factory, Lithgow when he enlisted in the RAAF on 24 March 1944. Rouland embarked for the South West Pacific Area of operations for overseas service on 3 April 1945 returning to Australia on 18 November. It was during his time in Borneo that Rouland made this bracelet, with 2 Mobile Works Squadron. This bracelet is an example of a wartime craftwork known as 'Tek Art' which involved the use of coloured plastic toothbrush handles. The name is derived from the Tek brand toothbrush which was issued to Australian service personnel.