This stoneware bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured in Glasgow at the Port Dundas Pottery between 1866 and 1923. It was used for porter or stout.

Food and eating.
Kitchen facilities in the homes of Little Lon were rudimentary. Few people had ovens or ice chests, so perishable foods were bought fresh daily. Most meals were fried or boiled over an open fire. Families with limited facilities would take their Sunday roasts to a nearby bakery for cooking. Even the poorest residents of Little Lon seem to have eaten a considerable amount of meat. Mutton, beef, rabbit and pork came from the Eastern Market in Bourke Street. Oysters and fish were sold from barrows in Flinders Street. Fresh fruit and vegetables were hawked on the streets by Chinese and Italian vendors.

Physical Description

This is a beige salt-glazed stoneware bottle.

Physical Description

Stoneware porter or stout bottle. Beige salt-glaze. 22 cm high, 7 cm diam eter. Marked: PORT DUNDAS GLASGOW on side, near base. Dates given by Christine Williamson, archaeologist, 1999.

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