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K1418 Tub, double dishwashing, home-made for use on camping trips, iron/tin/wood, Shearer family, Dungog, New South Wales, Australia, 1955-1975. Click to enlarge.

Home-made dishwashing tub for camping use

Made
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

Summary

Object No.

K1418

Object Statement

Tub, double dishwashing, home-made for use on camping trips, iron/tin/wood, Shearer family, Dungog, New South Wales, Australia, 1955-1975

Physical Description

Tub, double dishwashing, home-made for use on camping trips, iron/tin/wood, Shearer family, Dungog, New South Wales, Australia, 1945-1975

Two small tubs of triangular cross-section, formed by cutting a Mobil oil can from top to bottom and opening it out, are held in a rectangular wooden frame. All parts are nailed together. The crimped seam of the oil can sits along the ridge between the two tubs.The Mobilube logo and text, in red, blue and white and featuring Pegasus the flying horse, can be seen on the underside of one tub.

Marks

On the underside: 'Mobilube / GX 140 / SAE 140 / VACUUM OIL COMPANY PTY LTD / (INCORPORATED IN AUSTRALIA)'

Dimensions

Height

170 mm

Width

690 mm

Production

Made

Notes

The tub was made by a member of Mrs Mary Shearer's family in Dungog, New South Wales, Australia, probably sometime after the Second World War.

History

Notes

The tub was used by the Shearer family for washing dishes during camping trips.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1984

Acquisition Date

5 December 1984

Cite this Object

Harvard

Home-made dishwashing tub for camping use 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 November 2020, <https://ma.as/261111>

Wikipedia

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