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Bottle - Ginger Beer, Ceramic, G.H. Elliott, Melbourne, circa 1880 (Fragment) Reg. No: LL 073312
- This fragment of a ceramic ginger beer bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.
Alcohol and Drinking.
There were 15 hotels at Little Lon in 1900. The profusion of beer, wine and spirit bottles revealed in excavations at Little Lon confirms that immense quantities of liquor were consumed. Were the drinkers mainly residents or visitors to Little Lon? Unearthed in the former yard of a 'high-class' brothel was a mass of French wine and champagne bottles. Reformers identified alcohol as a major social problem - 'the cause of crime, disease, insanity, marriage breakdown, poverty'.
- Part base (85%) of ginger beer bottle, has manufacturers name transfer printed. Indecipherable manufacturers trademark impressed near base. Mark: 'Ellio(tts)', 'THIS BOTTLE REMAINS THE PRO(PERTY OF) G.H. ELLIOT' and other side 'GINGER BEER MELBOURNE'.
Elliots, Melbourne, 18-?
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||82 mm (Height), 75 mm (Width), 63 mm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||bottles, making history - little lonsdale street|
|Themes this item is part of:||Little Lon, Little Lon Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY|
|Trench Unit Number:||23/06/01|
|Inscriptions:||Mark: Ellio(ts)/ THIS BOTTLE REMAINS THE PRO(PERTY OF)/ G.H. ELLIOT
Other side: GINGER BEER MELBOURNE