Historical information

These protective over-boots were compulsorily worn in the Powder Magazine so as not to induce static electricity.


The Beechworth Powder Magazine was constructed in 1859, and was used as a storage room for large amounts of black-powder used in mining and quarrying. By law, miners were required to leave bulk black-powder in this building overnight.

Physical description

Pair of brown over-boots. Large, lighter leather foot with polished harder leather back and sole, stitched at sides, four lace holes. Stitched leather insole and pull tab at back.