Historical information

The Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme (KHES) produced electricity for the people living in the Kiewa Valley and beyond to many parts of Victoria. The people and their families working on the scheme were encouraged by their employer the State Electricity Commission of Victoria to purchase and use electrical appliances. The iron was popular as it was quick and easy compared to those used previously. This iron belonged to Ron White who was a senior member of staff during the construction and operation of the KHES.


This iron was owned by Ron White who was appointed Area Operations Engineer Kiewa in June 1956. He was later appointed General Superintendent and then, in 1974, he was appointed Principal Hydro Engineer of the recently titled Hydro Division.

Physical description

Rectangular yellow and black cardboard box with 'complete' fitting lid. Red and black writing on all sides except the bottom. staples used to hold down the sides of the lid.

Inscriptions & markings

Front of box - New Revolutionary / Dry/ It steam irons/ it damps as it irons!/ It dry irons too!
Back of box - Hoover Steam or Dry Iron
Side of box - New Revolutionary / Hoover/ Steam or dry/ Iron / Made By/ Hoover Industries Pty Ltd Meadowbank NSW
Top of box has sketch of dial "Big Safety Set Dial" - with black background