"Colonial Sugar Refining Co Pure Cane Sugar 70lbs Brisbane 1A" Black stencil. Bag used to store bathing costumes.
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bag sugar bag
History and use
In the 1870s to the 1890s the Colonial Sugar Refining Company expanded its operations and set up mills in Queensland. By 1923 an agreement was signed by CSR with the Queensland State Government to refine all of Queensland’s sugar. The monopoly lasted for over sixty years. This calico bag was used by CSR refineries to hold seventy pounds of refined sugar. Often industrial packaging items, such as this, were recycled by Queenslanders and used for a whole range of purposes. Interestingly, this sugar bag was used by the Marks family to store family bathing costumes and was donated to the Queensland Museum as part of a large collection of objects from their family estate in Brisbane.