A HAND-CRANKED egg cleaner is not the sort of thing you see everyday, but on Saturday the 1950s-era apparatus was just one of the many quirky machines that captivated the attention of the hundreds of people who filed through the Millthorpe Museum’s Hands On Day.
Organisers were thrilled with the level of interest with more than 400 people passing through the gates in the first two hours of the open day alone.
People were even lining up before the 10am starting time.
Everywhere you looked there were volunteers on hand to show people the workings and tell the history of some weird and wonderful objects ranging from a 1940s-era hay bailer, a wool press from the late 1800s, a Mobilco drag saw used in the 1950s before chainsaws and even a Chinook ultralight plane.
Secretary Jacki Irvine paid tribute to the work of volunteers who made the day a success.
“We’ve got such a good body of volunteers who have put in a big effort and we’ve been very fortunate with the weather,” she said.
“It would seem to me everything has been well received by the public.”
Ms Irvine said the old typewriters had been a hit with children visiting the museum.
The Lanyon egg cleaner purchased from a Parramatta firm by Robert Penhall from Beneree in the 1950s was one of the more unusual items on display.
Museum volunteer Ossie Knowles said it had been a big time saver for farmers who had previously used steel wool to clean eggs by hand to get a higher price when they were sold.
“Instead of using steel wool they used this,” he said.
“The rough surface takes the manure off the eggs and the other side polishes them.”
Ms Irvine said the museum was gearing up for celebrations in 2015 to mark 50 years since it started.