Ice chests like this were widely sold after freezing works were established in many towns. Freezing works sold block ice, which was delivered to the home and placed in the upper section of the ice chest. The cold air flowed into the lower compartment where butter and jellies might be stored. Ice chests were usually located in the kitchen or pantry, close to the back door and the ice delivery.
Loan courtesy Golden Memories Museum, Millthorpe