Entry from British & World English dictionary
A box or cupboard for storing food, cooled by strips of wetted fabric.
- Australia was the source of the first refrigeration system, the Coolgardie safe.
- Their collections of bark huts, harvesting machines, Coolgardie safes, mining implements, and kitchen utensils conveyed, at least to modern eyes, a sense of the hardship and simplicity of pioneer life.
- One invention, the Coolgardie safe, depended on the evaporation of water from the surface of hessian, which was fixed to the frame of a kitchen cupboard.
1920s: named after Coolgardie, a town in Western Australia.
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