Vacuum cleaners

Join this Vicfix campaign to hoover up typos and misprints about new-fangled sweepers

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About vacuum cleaners

In the early 1900s, the switch to electricity in Australian households ushered in a brave new world of labour-saving devices and futuristic inventions. The influx of novelty gadgets was typified by the arrival of the vacuum cleaner, which promised a dustless, more fragrant, drudgery-free world.

Increasingly, electricity was used to power all kinds of new appliances, from telephone clocks and fireless cookers to an all-in-one device that promised to clean knives and boots, polish plates, shine fire grates and extract dust from carpets. It was predicted that in 100 years hence, housework would be abolished – and, compared to the ordeal of cleaning a house in 1909, perhaps that wasn't so far off the mark!

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  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
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Vacuum cleaners

Great news: all the articles in this campaign are fixed! Explore them by clicking on the 'Fixed articles' tab, or choose a newspaper article to fix in one of our other Vicfix correction campaigns.