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Wine Label - Great Western Winery, Burgundy, 'Melbonia-Red', 1908-1918 Object Reg. No: SH 901413

Summary:
Large pale yellow coloured rectangular paper wine bottle label, used at H.W.H Irvine's winery at Great Western, 1908-1918. The label has a gold border and depicts prize medals and the Irvine crest.

Wine label is printed in black, gold and red ink and reads: "Irvine's winegrowers by Appointment to His Majesty the King gold medal London International 1873 Paris International 1900 Australian Wines Melbonia-Red Burgandy. Hans Irvine & Co. Dowgate Hill. London, E.C. and Victoria, Australia".

This type of label was attached to the front of large, cylindrical glass bottles. Bottles of Melbonia Red had red foil tops with two gold bands.
Description:
Large pale yellow coloured rectangular paper label printed in gold, black and red ink. Has gold border and depicts prize medals and the Irvine crest.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 9.00 cm (Width), 10.70 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: great western, rural industry, trades, viticulture, viticulture winemaking, wine, wineries, working life
Themes this item is part of: Great Western Winery Timeline 1858-1922, History of Wine Labels Used at Great Western Vineyard, 1888-1918, Hans William Henry Irvine, Vigneron & Politician (1856-1922), Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Hans William Henry Irvine, Vigneron & Politician (1856-1922)
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Viticulture & Wine Making
Tertiary Classification: product labels
Inscriptions: Text: IRVINE'S/WINEGROWERS BY APPOINTMENT TO HIS MAJESTY THE KING/GOLD MEDAL/LONDON INTERNATIONAL/1873/PARIS INTERNATIONAL/1900/AUSTRALIAN WINES/ MELBONIA-RED/BURGUNDY/HANS IRVINE & Co., DOWGATE HILL, LONDON, E.C. & VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
Maker: Mr Hans Irvine - Great Western Vineyards & Champagne Cellars, Great Western, Victoria, Australia, 1908-1918

Irvine gained permission to use the King's name on his wine labels in 1908.
References: The Vigneron, March 25, 1909.
H.W.H. Irvine entry in Australian Dictionary of Biography.

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