Breville Washing Machine c. 1920

This was a popular style of washing machine, although it did little to minimise the hard labour involved in the family wash. The handle is attached to a conical 'dolly'. Raising and lowering the handle agitates the washing and forces the suds through the clothes. There was still a lot of heavy work in rinsing, wringing and hanging out the wash. This was an effective design that is still manufactured today for use in remote Aboriginal communities that have limited access to power

Loan courtesy Millthorpe Museums