Sewing machine; Pinnock; c. 1965; BMHC_14118


Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre


Sewing machine

About this object

Pinnock 'Trendsetter Ensign' electric sewing machine and case. The sewing machine is made largely of metal painted grey on its upper and blue on its lower half. Other components are made of chromed metal and plastic. The machine is set in a base of polished hardwood. A hinged wooden arm folds down for use. The electric motor is controlled by a foot pedal. cased in black plastic, attached to the machine by an electric cord.
The case, made of card, is covered on the exterior in textured red and black vinyl with the edges trimmed in contrasting white. The handle of the case is missing. it attaches to the base by a metal clip at either end.



Maker Role


Date Made

c. 1965


20th Century

Place Made

Elizabeth, South Australia

Medium and Materials

metal, wood, plastic, paint

Inscription and Marks

Plates attached to machine: 'PINNOCK';'Made in Australia / TRENDSETTER / ENSIGN'; on motor ''PINNOCK / TPE: M W / VOLTS: 200/250 / AMPS: 38 / UNIVERSAL / WATTS / SER. NO>: 84846 / ELIZABETH South Aust'; written by hand in marking pen on masking tape on the bed: '...[Mr]s M.E. Court Swan Point / Phone 944042.'.


Cased: 335mm x 480mm x 230mm

Subject and Association Keywords

sewing machines (equipment)

Subject and Association Keywords

sewing (needleworking techniques)

Subject and Association Keywords

Court, May Elizabeth

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

people in agriculture

Subject and Association Keywords

local government

Subject and Association Keywords

Beaconsfield, Tasmania - Municipal Council

Subject and Association Keywords

Swan Point, Tasmania

Subject and Association Description

May Elizabeth Court (nee Allen) married Herbert Archibald Court, orchardist of Swan Point and Warden of Beaconsfield, in January 1941. He died in June, 1943 and May continued to run the orchard with help from an employee. May was reported to be the first woman to stand for election to the Beaconsfield Council, running unsuccessfully in 1945.

Pinnock began production of sewing machines in Elizabeth, south Australia, in 1957. The 'Trendsetter' range was launched in 1963, but the 'Ensign' was not listed amongst the first models.

Object Type

sewing machines

Object number


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