I found out recently that
And no – it isn’t “stubby coolers” (foam cups to keep your bottle of beer – ‘stubby’ - cool in the heat) or eskies (Cool Boxes to the rest of the world) but something all together more humble and perhaps even more practical – the rotary clothes line.
Or so I thought.
Further investigation on the Wikipedia website, shows that the crown and pinion winding mechanism of the Hills Hoist rotary clothes line was invented by Lance Hill in 1945 but the rotary clothes line itself had been invented 55 years before in 1890 by an American.
It was popularised in
It is widely (and incorrectly) believed by the public to be an Australian invention.
However, other Australian and American precursors existed decades before it was produced in 1945 in the Adelaide suburb of Glenunga by Lance Hill.
And that’s it.
I hope you’re all impressed by all this research that I am pursuing for you, The Discerning Surfer…