Iron, Speedee Electric ; H C Urlwin Ltd; 1950-1968; WY.0000.1371


Iron, Speedee Electric

About this object

This electric iron was made in New Zealand by H C Urlwin Ltd. The company was based in Christchurch and created the Speedee range which originally included an electric jug, a kettle, a toaster, an immersion heater, an iron and a heater. However, this iron appears to be a later model. H C Urlwin Ltd closed in 1968 when it was bought out by PDL Industries.


H C Urlwin Ltd

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Canterbury, Christchurch

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, iron
organic, processed material, vegetal, wood
inorganic, processed material, plastic, bakelite
organic, processed material, vegetal, latex, rubber
organic, processed material, vegetal, cotton

Inscription and Marks

Heel rest has a plaque with words '600 WATTS' in is right top corner.
In the middle of the plaque in large lettering is the word 'Speedee' with 'MADE IN' above it and 'NEW ZEALAND' below it. In the lower left corner of the plaque is the words '240 VOLTS'. The background of the plaque has a lightening bolt in the center and lines indicating speed around the word 'Speedee'.
On the sole plate there is a white sticker with faded black in lettering reading: 'WY'
'Donated by'
'Lily Ring'
'Moten Maunx'
The outer surface of the plug has the words:
'MADE IN ENGLAND' (white paint mark running through England)
'10 AMPs'
'G. E. C.'
'250 VOLTS'


h 210 mm x w 116 mm x d 136 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

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