Summary

Plastic covered cloth tag and stock reference card issued by State Electricity Commision of Victoria Electrical Approvals Board, in 1946. It provides approval for the domestic use of the Chesters Trading Company immersion heater, which was used for boiling water, and was a component of the electric 'Alanware' kettle.

The Alanware kettle was made from aluminium and had a blue wooden handle. It was made in Melbourne, about 1946. The electric plug connection is located on the kettle's lid. It was donated to Museum Victoria by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, and is accompanied by the SEC approvals tag and a guarantee tag.

In the early- to mid-20th century, small manufacturers such as Chesters Trading Company began to spring up around Melbourne to supply the growing demand for electrical appliances. Electricity use had exploded in the 1920s and 1930s, and by 1950 nearly all Melbourne homes were wired for electricity. However, many Melburnians limited their electrical use to lighting and a few small appliances, such as this kettle. It was only in the 1950s that 'white goods' - electric fridges, washing machines and stoves - become standard household items.

Physical Description

Plastic covered cloth swing tag with printed form and handwritten text. The tag is printed on both sides and has been completed with handwritten text in black ink.

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