Hills Hoist, an iconic Australian invention

Hills Hoist


Having grown up in Poland, my memories of our expansive backyard are quite different from my fellow Aussies. I became somewhat fascinated by old Victorian houses and various Aussies inventions, like the Hills Hoist, adjustable rotary clothes line. When I first saw it at a suburban garden in Seaford more than 11 years ago, I thought to myself: this culture is soo different. At home, I guess, we were using a simple clothes line at the attic or outside in the garden.

Hills Hoist was somewhat different. It is an architectural construction almost. Most likely also squeaking, rotating happily in the wind.

The Hills Hoist has been manufactured in Adelaide, South Australia by Lance Hill since 1945. The Hills Hoist and similar rotary clothes hoists remain a common fixture in many backyards in Australia and New Zealand. They are considered one of Australia’s most recognisable icons, and are used frequently by artists as a metaphor for Australian suburbia in the 1950s and 1960s.

And who invented trampoline?


Th is another one of my fascinations with Aussie backyards!  An athlete, George Nissen invented the trampoline in the 1930s, when, as a teenage gymnast, he and his coach created a piece of equipment out of scrap steel and tire inner tubes for his act in the Iowa Hawkeye Circus.


And, of course, there’s more. Hula Hoops, pink Space hoppers and so on. Living in a different culture is simply fascinating!

View my collection of my ‘dead pan’ style photographic prints online below.

Space Hopper

Aldona Kmiec prints 🙂