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A cream-coloured Morley wash boiler used to boil laundry in order to whiten it. The appliance has a lid which can be lifted off to reveal an interior drum. A blue rubber gas hose is connected to the back of the boiler.
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This wash boiler was owned by June Armstrong and Kingsley Cooper Armstrong of New Plymouth. It is thought they bought it in the 1940s or 1950s. Gas boilers like these were used to heat water and boil soiled clothes before automatic washing machines become widespread. The founder of Morley Products was Hubert James Morley, who sold his company in 1959.
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