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Bottle - Milk, Glass, Milk Bottles Recovery Ltd, after 1930 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 20877

This clear glass milk bottle was excavated at Casselden Place in 2003. It was machine made in Melbourne after 1930 when Milk Bottles Recovery Limited began.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimension Comment: 150

More information

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
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: food storage
Specific Activity: bottle
Trench Unit Number: 01
Lot Area Unit: 33B/2/632
Inscriptions: Mark 227


Paul Walsh Posted on 28 Dec 2009 7:12 PM
Milk Bottles Recovery Limited was not in existance until the 1930's, so it is unlikely that the bottle you hold could be any older than that. Depending on the base [X] -pre world war two or [M] post world war two, would be a more accurate date.
Discovery Centre Posted on 04 Jan 2010 2:32 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Paul,
Thank you for your feedback. We have updated the record noting the new information. We are currently re-cataloguing the artefacts excavated from the Commonwealth Block site as part of an Australian Research Council research project. We hope this project will identify other such dating mistakes.
De NJonghe Posted on 31 Jan 2010 4:06 AM
documentation from milk bottles ?
The Dairy Museum of Belgium
Discovery Centre Posted on 01 Feb 2010 12:58 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi De, if you have some specific requests for information about these collection items and their documentation, please click on the 'Ask the Experts' link below and send us full details of the information you require.
Richard Kameny Posted on 12 Feb 2010 2:52 PM
If you are really looking for a historical reference on Milk Bottles, you should have my book published in Nov 2009, titled: Australian Milk & Cream Bottles and Dairy Related Items. On sale directly from me or on eBay under Milk Bottles.
Considered today "The Bible". Just asdk around.
I would be only too happy to answer any questions.
Richard Kameny
Discovery Centre Posted on 13 Feb 2010 10:48 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks Richard, we'll pass that on!
Anna Holiday Posted on 17 Feb 2010 12:31 AM
Hi found a bottle while digging in garden.
1/4 Imperial pint small glass bottle.
NSW Freshfood & Ice C oy
On the Base-has a letter A with a G & M in it.
The only data I have found is the above company in Manly Sydney in the 1930s just one line with no other data.

Its in fabulous condition can you tell me about it and is it worth anything, I love it
large "C" 1.s.205 4
Discovery Centre Posted on 17 Feb 2010 4:00 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Anna - Unfortunately Museum Victoria cannot provide valuations of objects. For a list of valuers approved by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, see their website at http://www.arts.gov.au/tax_incentives/cgp Museum Victoria has a free identification service however our staff do need to be able to see images of objects before they can offer any additional information. To send an enquiry, click on the 'Ask the experts' link above and then on 'Identifications' in the menu at left. Further, you may find helpful information in Richard Kameny's book mentioned in his comment above.
steven burgess Posted on 23 Apr 2014 5:30 PM
I found one of these today....

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