Splayd eating utensils. Released in 1962, when buffet lunches and barbecues were becoming popular in Australia, Splayds caught on quickly and were a favourite wedding gift in the 1970s. They were easy to use, informal and more socially acceptable than eating with the hands. They also saved on washing up. Gift of Stokes (Australasia) Limited, 1991. 91/1167
This tyre swan was used as lawn decoration by the previous owners at their home in St Marys, an outer western suburb of Sydney in New South Wales. Tyre swan, painted rubber / metal strap, Mr and Mrs Johnson, St Marys, NSW, 1990
Cafe Bar Compact hot drink dispensing machine by Nielsen Design Associates and Cafe Bar International, 1970-1972. Cafe-Bars replaced a lot of tea ladies in the 1960s and 1970s. They also created a new demand for tea, coffee and biscuits, the supply of which eventually generated more profits than the machines themselves. Gift of Cafe Bar International, 1990. 90/1049
Stackhat protective sports helmet, 1982. Australia was the first country in the world to introduce uniform national mandatory bicycle helmet legislation, beginning in 1990. The Stackhat was one of the first helmets designed in Australia to comply with these strict standards. Gift of Rosebank Products Pty Ltd, 1987. 87/1040D
The 'Razor' lawnmower is the first domestic product to be released in a major redesign of Victa's products. It represents a contemporary redesign of an iconic Australian product. By redesigning its mower range Victa aimed to reinvigorate its image as an innovative company leading in the lawncare industry.
Wiltshire Staysharp knife and scabbard Mk1, 1969. This was the first type of Staysharp knife to be mass produced and sold on the Australian market in 1970. Gift of Wiltshire International, 1997. 97/125/1
This is a rare example of the dark amber glass jars that were used to package Vegemite in 1923 and 1924. It is missing its lid and label. The jar was collected as part of a 1990 nationwide Kraft campaign to recover old Vegemite containers. This style of jar was introduced in 1923 and was probably used until 1928 when Fred Walker changed the name of the product to Parwill, which was sold in a conventionally shaped straight-sided jar.
This Decor 'Ice' wine carrier is a redesign of the very successful Decor BYO bottle chiller designed in 1978. This product was first developed meet the needs of people in Melbourne who patronised 'BYO' (bring your own) restaurants, which was a popular practice at the time. The BYO wine chiller was very different to any other product on the market at the time.
The Breville 'Snack 'n' Sandwich' toasted sandwich maker (or 'jaffle' or 'toastie' maker) from 1976. The first sandwich toaster to cut the sandwiches in half. Gift of Breville - Housewares International, 2008. 2008/178/1
In 1965 Eveready in the USA designed and manufactured the first Dolphin torch - a large torch for world sales. It did well, but in 1972 Eveready's Australian arm redesigned the torch for Australian conditions, using an Australian design company. The new torch had to be shock resistant and waterproof. The designer Paul Cockburn of Design Field in Sydney insisted that it should be fairly ugly because he believed that many people would see this as a sign of ruggedness and reliability.