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Clothes peg made in Australia

The worst household task was washing yet it was also the task that had the least innovation and mechanisation in the 1800s and early 1900s. Where a range of ingenious devices were offered to alleviate the burden of cooking and sewing it was only with the spread of electric washing machine ownership that the work involved in 'doing the wash' change significantly. Even then many of the traditions -- particularly washing on Monday, after the only day of rest -- persisted.

Well into the 1950s, …


Object No.


Object Statement

Clothes peg (1 of 10), machine cut, timber / tin, maker unknown, Australia, 1920-1940

Physical Description

Clothes peg, wood / tinplate, maker unknown, Australia, 1920-1940.

A peg made from a rectangular piece of wood, with a V shaped section cut from one end, to form two arms. The top end is bound with a ribbon of tin, folded around the wood and nailed in place.


No marks



138 mm


12 mm


18 mm




The peg was made in Australia between 1920-1940.

Cite this Object


Clothes peg made in Australia 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 31 January 2023, <>


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