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Image Sunbeam Mixmaster MX001, 1987

TLF ID M000316

This is a Sunbeam Mixmaster MX001 manufactured by Sunbeam Corporation in Australia in 1987. It comprises a white moulded plastic stand, a leverable arm, a black plastic detachable turntable, a heat-resistant glass mixing bowl, a square chrome-plated beater and an oval chrome-plated beater. Other accessories in the set, but not shown here, include two chrome-plated dough hooks, a second bowl, an instruction leaflet and a storage box.

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  • The MX001 model was probably the first Mixmaster model to be designed in Australia. It was designed in 1981 by Ian Wilson. The main aim of the design was to reduce the cost of manufacturing, but the result was a complete departure from earlier Mixmasters, and it became a classic Sunbeam product that was sold in Australia, the USA and Canada.
  • The model was an enduring success, and was available for more than 20 years. It was still sold by Sunbeam in 2005, and was the inspiration for a new model - the Mixmaster series II - launched in 2005.
  • The first Sunbeam appliance to be made in Australia was the Mixmaster 9B in 1948. This product was a US design that became famous in Australia and around the world. It was not until the late 1970s that Sunbeam began designing appliances in Australia. The first products developed in Australia were a vertical grill, a horizontal grill, toasters and steam irons. Previously, products had been imported from the USA and manufactured in Australia from US designs. The little design alteration for the local market would have been done by engineers.
  • Founded in the USA, the Australian history of Sunbeam dates back to 1904 when a small branch of the US-based Chicago Flexible Shaft Company opened in Sydney. The Company later became Cooper Engineering Company and in 1946 its name changed to Sunbeam as its focus shifted to small appliances. Sunbeam in Australia remained part of the US parent company until it became Australian-owned in 1987. In 2005 Sunbeam Australia was part of the Australasian manufacturing and marketing company GUD Holdings, along with the Victa, Davey, Oates and Ryco companies.

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  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
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  • Person: Ian Wilson
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