I grew up with most of these items, some of which still reside in my family, some belonged to other people and have found their way into a museum. How many people today would recognise many of these? I still have a cement laundry tank which is still ‘going strong’ after 50 years and barbed wire is still a necessary evil on pastoral properties. The washing machine is probably not used anywhere! Beside the laundry tub is a ‘copper’. A copper tub set into a frame with a wood fire underneath was used to boil the clothes, no synthetics in those days, and they were transferred to the laundry tub for scrubbing on a wash board before either hand wringing or passing through a mangle for rinsing. Washing took the whole day and was consequently a once a week activity, with load following load.
We couldn’t find the butter churn that went with the wooden pat (used for shaping the finished butter) and neither could we find a soap strainer used in washing up.
The water tank is a necessity on an Australian farm without connected ‘town water’ supply or drinkable underground water. What came off the roof into the tanks was your water supply until the next time it rained and that is a very powerful incentive to saving water.