Summary

Alternative Name(s): Fridge

Electric Colda 99/9 refrigerator. Of rounded shouldered rectangular form with extra large storage capacity. The pristine interior is white with gold trim. It was made by Colda in Australia.

It was used by the donor and her family in Chadstone, Victoria, Australia, from 1958. It was their first fridge. The donor and her husband were married in 1953. At that time, they did not have any means of keeping food cold. After their marriage, the donor's sister gave them an ice chest, which they used as their principal means of refrigeration until 4th February 1958, when this refrigerator was delivered to them. The donor's mother lent the donor and her husband the money to buy this refrigerator; they then paid the donor's mother back at a rate of 10 shillings a week. The fridge is in excellent condition, despite being the family's only refrigerator for many years. Eventually the small freezer size encouraged the owner and her husband to replace this refrigerator with an upright, two-door fridge/freezer unit. The donor commented that the running costs of the new refrigerator were huge compared to the Colda. The Colda was not thrown out, rather it was stored by the owner with other no longer used white goods.

Physical Description

An extra-large, electric, cream metal refrigerator. DOOR: full height above silver metal grill at base. Decorative disk applied behind the handle, middle left. Decorative trim applied below the handle. Three hinges at right. HANDLE - pull down lever in shape of a hollow triangle with horizontal, corrugated pattern. BACK: exposed compressor unit. Black enamel panel and vertical electrical cord protector in centre of unit. INTERIOR: white enamel. Upper centre gold temperature dial with pinched, triangular knob on white plastic background. Directly under freezer compartment a sliding, cream, plastic tray with silver metal handle. 3 full width, removable wire shelves. 1 further shelf comprising 2 x 1/4 width wire shelves. White plastic shelf supports allowing for up to 12 possible shelving configurations, applied front and back. Bottom shelf removable, clear, mottled glass. Sliding plastic drawer with gold band under glass shelf. Centre middle, light behind opaque glass bubble with cream rubber surround. FREEZER COMPARTMENT - enamelled door with clear plastic casing, hinged at bottom. A gold band runs across the top. One large compartment inside. DOOR - white enamel with cream rubber seal. 5 full width, fixed compartments . Upper 2 and lower 2 with removable fronts, middle compartment a hinged door. The top compartment has moulded impressions for 9 eggs.

Significance

This was the donor's first fridge. The donor and her husband were married in 1953. At that time, they did not have any means of keeping food cold. After their marriage, the donor's sister gave them an ice chest, which they used as their principal means of refrigeration until 4th February 1958, when this refrigerator was delivered to them. The donor's mother lent the donor and her husband the money to buy this refrigerator; they then paid the donor's mother back at a rate of 10 shillings a week. The fridge is in excellent condition, despite being the family's only refrigerator for many years. Eventually the small freezer size encouraged the owner and her husband to replace this refrigerator with an upright, two-door fridge/freezer unit. The donor commented that the running costs of the new refrigerator were huge compared to the Colda. The Colda was not thrown out, rather it was stored by the owner with other no longer used white goods.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Domestic Technology Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Home & Community

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Mrs W. D. Dickson, 29 Jan 1991

  • Manufacturer (Possible)

    Melbourne, Malley's Ltd, Australia, circa 1958
    An advertisement for 'Malleys Colda' in the Australian Home Beautiful, Dec 1959.

  • Retailer

    Peter Kaye Appliance Stores Pty. Ltd., Camberwell, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1957

  • Date Purchased

    03 Feb 1958
    Diary entry from the donor; she paid 150 Pounds for it, 26-17-0 less than the asking price of 176-17-0.

  • Place & Date Used

    Chadstone, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1958-1991

  • Inscriptions

    DOOR: decorative disk behind handle, blue striped background with a crest in the centre. The four quadrules from top left, clockwise: gold fleur de lys; blue panel; gold star; blue panel. Across the centre of the crest in gold on deep red "Colda". Decorative trim below the handle, gilt metal "99/9" with lines through it. BACK: upper left, paper label, blue on cream "Colda CHECKED BY". Each section identified and signed off, very faint. Dated in pencil "28-1-59". Upper centre, blue crayon "Melb". Bottom right above compressor unit, stencil in blue "5945-999". On compressor unit stamped "24 JAN 195?". On compressor unit stencil in yellow "INSP." INTERIOR: on handle of tray below freezer "meat" in applied grey script. On handle of plastic drawer "Crisper" in applied grey script. FREEZER COMPARTMENT- at top of door immediately below gold trim, oval disk with "Colda" in gold. At the bottom of the door, "Freezer" in applied grey script. DOOR - Upper 2 and lower 2 compartment fronts, from top down "Eggs", "Dairy", "Fruit", "Bottles" in black on yellow. Middle door "Butter" in silver on white.

  • Classification

    Domestic life, Food & drink preservation, Appliances - electric

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    History

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Overall Dimensions

    64 cm (Length), 69 cm (Width), 146 cm (Height)

  • Part Dimensions

    33 cm (Length), 52.5 cm (Width), 23.5 cm (Height)
    Measurement for the freezer compartment.

  • Part Dimensions

    48 cm (Width), 11.4 cm (Height)
    Measurment for the butter compartment. Length too hard to measure.

  • Part Dimensions

    16.5 cm (Length), 68.5 cm (Width), 134.5 cm (Height)
    Measurement for the refridgerator door.

  • Keywords

    Domestic Appliances, Domestic Work, Housework, Refrigerators (Domestic)