Summary

Milk bottle, 10 ounces, bottled for sale by Travancore Dairy and PasteurizedJ.A. Riddell, Flemington.

Travancore Dairy's main operations were located at Kent Street, Ascot Vale; other locations for the Dairy named in the 1957 Victorian Gazette were 200 Keilor Road, Essendon (site of Oakland's Park Dairy) and 209 Buckley Street, Essendon. The Travancore Dairy was mentioned in the Argus newspaper on 15 September 1955, naming the Dairy's chairman, Mr Allan O. Martin, and explaining that Travancore Dairies then took 10,000 gallons of milk daily from Gippsland dairy farms in tankers, pasteurized it, and put it onto 90,000 bottles for distribution in Melbourne's west, south-west and north-west. One of their tankers came to grief on 4 January 1957, when it collided with a tram and overturned in South Melbourne when returning from Morewell.

Allan and Norman Martin, residents of Moonee Valley, had been in the dairy business from the 1930s. By 1968 Travancore Dairy was owned by Consolidated Foods, which then had a team of 300 horses delivering to Melbourne households each day.

The milk bottle was used as a prop in the 'House Secrets' exhibition at Scienceworks, 6 March 2006 to 14 July 2013. Most of the props for the exhibition were sourced from opportunity shops in 2002 and 2003 by curator Andi Horvarth and other Museum Victoria staff. 'House Secrets' aimed to 'Explore the science behind all the familiar things in our homes', presenting 'all sorts of wonderful things we might find around the home, from the food we eat, to the appliances we use, to the animals we share our living space with.' The exhibition was 'highly interactive'.

Physical Description

Small glass milk bottle, tapering in to heavy lip at opening, and raised inscription on both sides.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Home & Community

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Exhibition Collection Management (ECM), Museum Victoria, Dr Andrea Horvath - Museum Victoria, 23/6/2003

  • Organisation Named

    Travancore Dairies Pty Ltd, Kent Street, Ascot Vale, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1960

  • Inscriptions

    Raised inscription on side: 'MILK / BOTTLED FOR SALE BY / TRAVANCORE DAIRY / PASTURISED / J.A. RIDDELL / MILK / FLEMINGTON / BOTTLE ALWAYS REMAINS / THEIR PROPERTY AND CANNOT / BE LEGALLY USED / OR SOLD BY OTHERS'. On other side: 'CONTENTS / 10 OZS' Underside: [circle]

  • Classification

    Agriculture & rural life, Dairying, Product packaging

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    History

  • Type of item

    Object

  • References

    [No heading]. (1955, September 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 25. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from [Link 1] DOES HE LIKE HIS MILK?. (1955, September 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 20. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from [Link 2] THE LOADED TANKER THAT TIPPED OVER... (1957, January 5). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 3. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from [Link 3] [No heading]. (1968, November 6). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 9. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from [Link 4] Victorian Government Gazette, no.140, 26 Mar 1957, [Link 5] accessed 12 Aug 2015. Moonee Valley Thematic Environmental History, cached, accessed 12 Aug 2015.

  • Keywords

    Food & Beverages, Food Containers, Home Deliveries, Museum History, Dairying