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  • n. An insulated picnic cooler, using refrigerated blocks to keep food cool.


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From Esky ("brand name"), a brand name originally owned by Malley's Ltd, of Sydney, Australia, from 1952; since genericised. Apparently derived from eskimo.


  • A man sits on a park bench with an "esky", an Australian chilled picnic box.

    The Inspiration Room™ | Daily

  • A young couple pack the boot of their car from their third floor balcony, throwing everything from a ball and frisbee through to the iconic Australian 'esky' (plastic ice box).

    The Inspiration Room™ | Daily

  • By Havock, December 9, 2009 @ 7: 23 am oh Fuck!, we nearly screwed up big fkn time, each vehicle gets a fkn big arse esky as well!.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Gentlemen’s Club.

  • - Try to ‘install’ everything below half the height of the esky.

    Make A Beach Stereo Out Of A Cooler | Lifehacker Australia

  • I love my short bread straight from the fridge as petticoat triangles (and the bargain hunter in me loves buying it for half-price in the sales post Christmas) – I discovered this the year we camped over Christmas at the beach and my short bread ended up in the esky and made the perfect hang over food on Christmas Morning.

    Rum Balls and The Box « Write Anything

  • Try to ‘install’ everything below half the height of the esky.

    Make A Beach Stereo Out Of A Cooler | Lifehacker Australia

  • Hotel worker Gabriel Winner - who requested the name of the hotel not be used - says the agitated guest brought the esky to reception early yesterday morning.

    Boing Boing

  • She does have a UHF and DOES have a hands free car phone and ki and she does has a STATE of the art CD/MP3, cd cdr fkn fkn cd player radio thingamajig as well and she DOES have satellite navigations too…AND, its dual fkn fuel to keep try huggers happy, my wallet thicker so MORE piss can be bought and stashed in the esky in the back of the beast.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » I’m baaaaack.

  • I personally think that no best seller is complete until the main protagonist has to endure some testing moments trying to locate the cheddar in the esky.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Deadline month.

  • That day he led the way in light-hearted banter, handed out iced drinks from the front seat esky on request, provided wisdom, commentary and largesse as he commanded the narrow aisles.

    An Experience Worth Waiting For


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  • Conversely, four years living in Europe imbued me with the joy of doing things incrementally in smaller spaces, and a sense of horror at the profound wastefulness and social isolation of suburban living. In the Australian context the hills hoist one of these horrible backyard memes. I don't deny they might be effective in airing sheets, but rather take issue with their environmental and social cost.

    December 7, 2008

  • So how do you dry your clothes? Personally, I love my hills hoist. And I didn't realise just how much until I lived in America for three years: not once was I able to hang my sheets out in the sunshine.

    December 7, 2008

  • Noooo! Not the esky!

    December 5, 2008

  • The esky, bilby? Or the hills hoist?

    December 5, 2008

  • A blight on the planet, let alone Australia.

    September 15, 2008

  • What about the hills hoist?

    September 14, 2008

  • An Aussie cooler box. Invented by Malley's and now made by Nylex, but, as with the bandaid, the name has been adopted for coolers generally.

    There is a wiki page and Questacon includes it in a discussion of those other great Australian inventions: wine casks, stay-sharp knives, vegemite and lamingtons.

    September 14, 2008