Image: radiology nurse technician, WW1 France 1918
Uncle Brewster was the first man to play with the idea of full body armour for the local constabulary.
In his day in the wilds of colonial Australia it was common for the bushrangers to use the police as target practice and Uncle Brewster being the practical man he was decided enough was enough and so set himself the task of developing an armour that was both practical and serviceable.
Uncle Brewster was at that time married to my Aunt Agatha a woman of some means and purpose. She took this photo of her husband the day he perfected his armour. The headpiece speaks for itself but his body protection left a little to be desired as his theory of the concave surface being such that bullets would be deflected was not as successful in real life as he had hoped for.
His early death at the hands of the bushranger, Granger the Gorgeous, was the last time Uncle’s armour was ever worn.
But as my Aunt was reported to have said at the time, he went down in a shower of shrapnel, with his boots on and not a scratch on his head.