Bottle - Ginger Beer

Production date
1912-1925
Country
Australia
State/Province
New South Wales
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Description
Stoneware ginger beer bottle bottle with glazed finish and black, stencilled label.
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food Storage & Preservation
Measurements
H173 x Dia.73 mm
Media/Materials description
Stoneware
Signature/Marks
WM SHAMBROOK \ GINGER \ BEER \ TOOGOOLOWAH'
MAURI BROS & THOMPSON LTD \ SYDNEY
History and use
This stoneware ginger beer bottle is typical of early twentieth century soft drink manufacture and sale in Queensland. A local, family-owned busines called Shamies (later known as Shammy's) made cordials and soft drinks for Queensland consumers for nearly ninety years.

Benjamin Shambrook started a cordial factory in Cooktown in 1890. His son William Shambrook opened a subsidiary of this business in Toogoolawah in 1912 and ran it until 1925. This bottle, marked with William's name, dates to that time. William later went into partnership with his son Ben Shambrook, taking over a factory in Mackay and changing the company's name to 'Shamies Cordials' in 1945, and later 'Shammy's' in 1958.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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H47594

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