Mother's first washing machine was a Pope and although it looked like it should have a wringer, it didn't and must have had a spin cycle. Why she did not take it to the farm, I don't know. It looked something like this only without the wringer.
It is rare for me to lose anything, but I cannot come across the manual for my grandmother's washing machine which I know I would have never thrown away and I have had to search on the internet long and hard to find a similar picture as is on the front of Grandma's washing machine manual. Nor can I find a photo of it online. Grandma bought herself a shining new automatic Frigidaire washing machine and Mother inherited her old Lightburn which was an excellent washer and who knows what speed the spinner went at, but the clothes were dryer than anything modern. We used to refer to it as the concrete mixer. You had to fill the tub with buckets of water and then Mother would put an immersion heater into the water for a time. I think the lever had three positions, Empty, Wash and Spin. It travelled from Oakleigh to the farm at the foot of Mount Baw Baw in 1961.
When Tradie Brother was born, Father bought Mother a shiny new automatic washing machine and had by then installed a hot water service. It was a Frigidaire too but so much more modern than Grandmother's. As a young gay boy, I made sure the machine always sparkled, with a liberal coating of Mr Sheen. I even cleaned its crevices with a toothbrush. Quite like this, but sparkling.
Mother did have options when it was bought though and considered a Hoover Keymatic. I recall the brochure.You selected your programmes for the washing machine by slides on a square object, like a floppy disk only bigger, and inserted it into the slot in a certain direction. I was rather sorry that model wasn't chosen.
Shortly after Grandma died, I moved into a flat on my own and took some of the furniture from her house, including her still working early 1960s washing machine. It then went with me to Elwood when R and I met. When when we moved from Elwood to East Malvern in 1982, we called on dyke friends who had a flat bed truck to move us. Grandma's washing machine fell off the truck gangplank, but was none the worse for wear. It went on to serve us for a few years. It was replaced by a sturdy Hoover washing machine, that left clothes quite wet after spinning.
We inherited a small washing machine when we moved to Glen Iris which was a lifesaver as until we renovated, there was no space for our larger one.
The Hoover came with us to our unit in Burwood and the laundry door architrave had to be removed to get into the laundry. When we sold, we sold the washing machine to the buyers.
We moved to Balaclava and bought ourselves a Fisher and Paykel, which were then a very popular New Zealand made machine. It moved to the Highrise and after about twelve years service since new, started playing up.
Our current machine is its replacement, another Fisher and Paykel.The day will come when either the washing machine or dryer needs to be replaced and the next machine will be a two in one front loader which will use far less water.