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Pram known as the 'Kanangra Express', used by bushwalkers Myles and Margaret Dunphy in the Blue Mountains, 1930-1931

Object type
Prams

Object number
1987.0045.0139

Description
Folding pram (perambulator) with an iron frame, a woven wicker body including a square hood, and four iron spoked wheels of the same size. Residual paint indicates that the frame was originally painted black with decorative orange lines. The wheels fold up so the pram can be turned into a cradle with a rocker base. The solid rubber tyres are severely worn and cracked. Yellow canvas side curtains are fitted to the hood. The floor of the basket is wood with two layers of thick cardboard on top, and the basket and hood are lined with dark red coated-cotton cloth that imitates leather.

Collection name
Milo Dunphy collection no. 1

Collection 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.

User
Mr Myles J Dunphy
The pram was adapted for use in the bush by Myles Dunphy

User
Mrs Margaret Dunphy

User
Mr Milo Kanangra Dunphy

Associated organisation
Sydney Bush Walkers Club

Place used
Oberon, New South Wales, Australia
Used by the Dunphys to push their son Milo from Oberon to Kanangra Tops in 1930, and later for their second son

Place used
Kanangra Tops, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Place used
Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Period of use
1930 - 1931

Materials
Iron, Wood, Cotton cloth, Cardboard, Canvas, Rubber

Dimensions
Length: 1445mm
Width: 600mm
Height: 960mm



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