This patented washing machine, made in Melbourne, agitates the clothes by rocking the vessel back and forth, forcing the water, suds and washing into the conical ends. It was a particularly effective design than was not as harsh on the clothes as other types of machines. A small plastic version of this design is still made today for use in caravans. Although it is called a washing machine, it was hand operated and the whole process was still highly labour intensive. The wooden handle is now missing.
Loan courtesy Canowindra and District Historical Society