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Washing Machine - Lightburn & Co Ltd, Lightburn Deluxe, circa 1955 Object Reg. No: SH 922977

Deluxe Washing Machine made by Lightburn & Co Ltd, circa 1955. It was found at a beach house purchased by the donor at Shoreham in 1988. The machine was used only once by the donor to satisfy their curiosity and they found that it washed very well.

Registered Design Numbers: 233639-43, 273027735, 2730227736, 24231, 26634/38.
Australian Patent Numbers: 135734, 143734, 1435758, 143394, 142717
Industrial looking metal unit, cream in colour. Twin tub. Larger tub rotates to wash the clothes and contains a black rubber tube. Smaller tub spin dries and contains a black rubber tube with smaller diameter than the one in the large tub. There is a white rubber tube attached to the back of the unit. The large tub has a screw out plug in the bottom.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Audrey Harris, 1992
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: washing machines, domestic work, housework, domestic appliances
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Engineering Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Laundering - Washing
Tertiary Classification: appliances - electric
Inscriptions: 'Deluxe', 'start/stop', 'Serial number 20019140'

Back plate:
Se 20019140, 220/240 volts, phase 1, cycles 50, amps 3.7, HPS 0.5
Manufacturer: Lightburn & Co. Ltd., Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, circa 1955

Patent details approved 1951
Place & Date Used: Shoreham, Victoria, Australia, 1988


Chris Hawkes Posted on 17 Jun 2013 1:53 PM
One of these was still in use with the 6th RAR battlegroup in East Timor during Operation Catalyst in 2000
Bill Posted on 12 Oct 2013 2:10 PM
Good one. Ha!
Paul Whitman Posted on 16 Feb 2014 11:08 AM
These machines were used extensively by the RAAF on bases for living in personnel in the 60s and 70s...I never came across one which was broken and found them very robust in getting the job done...they don't make them like this anymore....
Leigh Boileau Posted on 16 Feb 2014 5:33 PM
The only problem with them was that it was common the find the drain plug/screw missing rendering them unusable..........unless you used the plastic closure from a bottle of Barossa Pearl. Remember that drop?

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