Long before double sinks became standard in new homes and renovated kitchens in Australia, this nice example of the making-do tradition was providing the same amenity to a regional NSW family on camping trips. One half for washing dishes and utensils, the other half for rinsing them, allowed the task to be completed without a large amount of water.
The design of the tub unit is clever, as it required only one cut and one bend of the can. By adding a frame made from four lengths of wood, and a neat row of nails to attach the metal to the frame, the maker created a robust utilitarian product, which perhaps served the family for many years, from cheap recycled materials.
Debbie Rudder, Curator, 2012