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Chocolate Mould - Octagonal Shape, Red Tulip, Melbourne, circa 1910-1950. Object Reg. No: HT 25833

Summary:
Metal chocolate mould used by the Red Tulip confectionary company to make chocolates at their factory in Melbourne in the early to mid twentieth century.

This mould is one of two that were purchased from a second hand store in 2008, which was selling a large collection of confectionary moulds, consisting of around 300 moulds, that were originally used at the Red Tulip factory in Melbourne. Many of these moulds for sale were stamped with 'Vormenfabriek Tilburg'. This company, Vormenfabriek Tilburg, located in Tilburg in the Netherlands and established in 1921, is considered to be an innovative and influential chocolate mould manufacturer.

Red Tulip was a well known brand chocolate and confectionary company based in Melbourne. The Red Tulip factory was located behind Chapel Street, in the fashionable inner-Melbourne suburb of Prahran. The company was acquired by Cadbury in the 1980s. Cadbury had previously acquired other successful Australian confectionary brands including MacRobertson Chocolates in 1967 and Schweppes Australia in 1969.
Description:
Rectangular metal mould consisting of 78 individual identical shapes - octagonal with an eight petaled flower at the bottom.
Statement Of Significance:
This chocolate mould is significant because it contributes to the important story of Melbourne's role as a major confectionery manufacturer, with companies such as Red Tulip, Rowntree, MacRobertson's, Bush's Confectionary Factory and Cadbury all operating in Melbourne during either the nineteenth or twentieth century. As a product that was made in Melbourne, this chocolate mould represents Melbourne's once prominent status as an influential manufacturing city, and also highlights the importance on food production, and in particular confectionary, in Melbourne.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 23 mm (Height), 355 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: food, confectionery, confectioners, moulds, patterns, chocolate manufacturing equipment, chocolates, -1
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Confectionary
Tertiary Classification: tools & equipment
Inscriptions: Side, punched: 'P15519'

Many of these moulds were stamped with 'Vormenfabriek Tilburg' but this one is not - or at least if it was, the stamp is now obscured by rust.
User: Red Tulip Chocolates Pty. Ltd., Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910-1950
Manufacturer: Vormenfabriek Tilburg Chocolate Mould Manufacturer, Netherlands, circa 1910-1990
References: http://www.cadbury.com.au/About-Cadbury/Cadbury-in-Australia.aspx accessed 6 August 2010.

http://www.theobroma-cacao.de/nc/en/choco-guide/choco-guide/alphabetical-list/company-details/schokolade/details/bv-vormenfabriek-tilburg/ accessed 6 August 2010.

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