About a year ago we spotted a great unit on the side of the road during Point Lonsdale's hard rubbish collection. We were walking, so after a little convincing Surfer Boy drove back with the ute and picked it up. We have no idea what to do with it and although S.B. keeps trying to get rid of it, I keep hanging on to it. I love it even though I am yet to think of a practical use for it. We never had any idea what it was either as it opens from the top, a little like a hutch. One day when my dad was over I thought to ask him and wouldn't you know it, he knew exactly what it was. Apparently it is a pioneer's cot. They were enclosed and up on legs to keep snakes etc away from the baby.
A little google searching and sure enough the only other one I could find is housed in the Pioneer Women's Museum in Queensland. Looks like it wasn't such a bad pick up after all!!