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Hydraulic rotary clothes hoist

Lance Hill's clothes hoist became a symbol of Australian home life in the 1950s but Lance Hill did not invent the rotary clothes hoist. Gilbert Toyne patented one in Adelaide in 1926, which was sold in small numbers until the early 1960s. In 1945 Lance Hill returned to Adelaide from war. His wife complained that her traditional clothesline between two posts (propped up in the middle by a stick) was in the way of the lemon tree. Hill's answer was to design a compact rotary line out of metal …


Object No.


Object Statement

Clothes line, rotary, hydraulic hoist, galvanised metal/wire, Jet (Hills Industries), Australia, 1950-1960

Physical Description

Clothes line, rotary, hydraulic hoist, galvanised metal/wire, Jet (Hills Industries), Australia, 1950-1960. Galvanised metal frame consisting of central pole with footpedal and oil reservoir. Moveable inner sleeve has 4 arms attached near top, supported by wire from the top and with multistrand twisted wire strung between them. "JET" embossed on the pump handle.



3000 mm


4000 mm



One of a range of rotary hoist clotheslines used to dry clothes in suburban backyards in Australia. A phenomenon of post WWII Australia. The market was lead by Hills Industries from 1946 in Adelaide. Various competitiors made hoisting mechanisms like this to differentiate their products and increase sales.



Installed in a backyard of a house in Leichardt and used till late 1990


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Rawle, 1991

Acquisition Date

8 May 1991

Cite this Object


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