Summary

Souvenir booklet printed to celebrate Victoria's centenary in 1934-1945, and the reconstruction of Cooks' Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne. The booklet opens to reveal an image of Cooks' Cottage in Melbourne.

This souvenir booklet was amongst Cyril Noisette's reference materials. Cyril made a scale model of Cooks' Cottage in icing, and used the image in his design preparations.

Description of Content

Piece of buff coloured card, printed on front. Inside features a black and white photograph of Cook's Cottage affixed to card. Printed text: Victoria's Centenary/ Cook's Cottage/ The Cottage, an historical relic of the great pioneer, who first/ implanted the British Flag on this Continent, was dismantled at/ Great Ayton, Yorkshire, England. Each brick and stone was carefully/ numbered and packed for shipment to Australia, and has now been/ re-erected in Fitzroy Gardens./ The Cottage was acquired for Australia through the/ generosity of W. Russell Grimwade, Esq.'

Physical Description

Piece of buff coloured card, printed on front. Inside features a black and white photograph of Cook's Cottage affixed to card.

Significance

As a souvenir of the Centenary of Melbourne, Cyril Noisette's model of Cook's Cottage very nicely links two great men of centenary celebrations, Macpherson Robertson and Russell Grimwade, with one of the more unusual celebratory events - the transplanting of Cook's Cottage from England to Fitzroy Gardens.

As a piece of confectionary decoration it demonstrates the skill of its modeller and illustrates an aspect of MacRobertson's output not typified by its retail presence. MacRobertson's was the largest and most prominent confectionary factory in Melbourne at the time of the centenary celebrations. It created and produced many of Australia's iconic chocolate bars: eg Freddo Frog, Cherry Ripe, Crunchie, and Old Gold. Cyril Noisette, employed as a sugar decorator in 1934, undertook this project to develop his professional skills. Noisette's decision to use Cook's Cottage as his subject was obviously very topical. Not only did it provide a complex 3-D form for him to model, it also allowed him to commemorate the centenary in a very personal way.

The model is an exact replica, even down to the plants planted around the cottage. The accompanying documentation shows Noisette was meticulous in his research: he wrote to Grimwade asking if permission was needed to reproduce the cottage (Grimwade's response is in this collection); he received a letter about the plants being grown for planting around the cottage; he used photographs of the cottage from newspaper articles and a souvenir booklet; he created a number of sketches of the cottage with measurements and notes. He also kept receipts for hardware purchases, and his wife wrote a list of materials and ingredients used to model the cottage with purchase dates, quantities and costs.

Macpherson Robertson visited the Noisette family home at 72 Newry Street, North Fitzroy, to see the finished cottage. Whilst his chauffeur stayed outside standing guard over the Bentley, Mac Robertson presented Cyril Noisette with the framed certificate. In 1938 Cyril Noisette left MacRobertson's and set up a toy shop in St George's Road, North Fitzroy.

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