Milk bottle with wide mouth, 10 ounce size (295 ml or just over half a pint), moulded with name 'Oakland's Park Dairy, 200 Keilor Road, Essendon'. The style of the milk bottle suggests a date before the 1960s.
According to the Victoria Heritage Register, the Oakland's Park Dairy was built in 'the 1940s'. It was constructed on a corner block at 200-206 Keilor Road, Essendon, which already boasted a substantial brick Federation Edwardian house. The dairy building still exists in 2015, facing onto Renown Street, off Keilor Road.
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'.
Small glass milk bottle, tapering in to heavy lip at opening, and raised inscription on both sides, one side with circle at centre of text.
Transfer from Exhibition Collection Management (ECM), Museum Victoria, Dr Andrea Horvath - Museum Victoria, 23/6/2003
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Raised inscription on side: 'THIS BOTTLE CONTAINS / MILK / BOTTLED FOR SALE BY / [within circle] OAKLAND'S PARK DAIRY / 200 KEILOR ROAD / F.U. 6487 / ESSENDON / [below circle] IT ALWAYS REMAINS THEIR PROPERTY / IT IS LOANED AND CANNOT BE LEGALLY / USED BY OTHERS'. On other side: 'CONTENTS / 10 OZS' Underside: '503'.
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