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Bottle - Ginger Beer, Ceramic, G.H. Elliott, Melbourne, circa 1880 (Fragment) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 073312

Summary:
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'.
Description:
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-?
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 75 mm (Width), 63 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: bottles
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

Comments

Adam Elliott Posted on 04 Feb 2011 12:20 PM
Your spelling of Elliott through this narrative summary and description is inconsistant. Please note correct spelling is Elliott. Please confirm with Gavin Elliott - ghelliott@bigpond.com

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