The Hills Hoist
Few can claim to have invented a national icon, but Lance Hill did just that when he returned from the war in 1945. After his wife requested a replacement for the line and prop she had been using to dry their clothes Hill created the Hills Hoist, a height-adjustable rotary clothesline. Featuring a crown and pinion mechanism that enabled the frame to be lowered and raised, the Hoist went into production the following year and by 1948 demand had exceeded production.
Hill patented his invention on March 22, 1956, and the Hills Hoist has since become synonymous with Australian suburbia.