Hung Out To Dry by Peter Cuffley and Cas Middlemis

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Hung Out To Dry

Gilbert Toyne's clasic Australian Clothes hoist

by Peter Cuffley and Cas Middlemis

Cas Middlemis, 2009 [First Edition], colour and sepia photographs, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 9780646508559

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This is the story of Gilbert Toyne, who invented the first Australian all-metal rotary clothes hoist. Born near Geelong in 1888, Toyne patented four designs from 1911 and by the 1930s, the hoist was available across Australia and New Zealand. Toyne trained as a blacksmith and wheelwright, and established his product nationwide, with manufacturing bases in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. World War 1 interrupted production and the company folded up. Toyne served in the Great War and returned home to face personal turmoil in 1919. He was still committed to promoting his clothes hoist, and uprooted his family a number of times in order to establish production centres in three states. Although his efforts to control the Australian market were thwarted by world events and personal loss, Toyne's design defined the standard for Australian rotary clothes hoists for decades to follow. 


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