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Cake - Centenary Souvenir Birthday, George Rath, 1934 Reg. No: SH 911997
- The Centenary Souvenir Birthday Cake was claimed to be the biggest cake ever made in the World. It was 50 feet high and 300 feet in circumference. Made by George Rath of the Astoria Cafe, the ten-ton fruitcake was eventually cut into 250,000 pieces, packed into tins made by J. Marsh and Sons of Melbourne, and sold for charity.
- Small tin containing fruit cake wrapped in cellophane which is in turn wrapped in a piece of waxed paper with a 'lace' edge. Tin is printed in blue, yellow, black and white. The edges of the tin have been clipped and folded to form tin, edges not joined.
|Dimensions:||2.00 cm (Height), 4.70 cm (Width), 7.40 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||celebrations, civic mementoes, melbourne centenary 1935, souvenirs, victoria centenary 1934-1935|
|Themes this item is part of:||Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||PUBLIC EVENTS|
|Secondary Classification:||Centenary of Victoria|
|Inscriptions:||Printed on lid: CENTENARY / VICTORIA-MELBOURNE / CENTENARY / SOUVENIR / Birthday Cake / 1834-1934 / VICTORIA...AUSTRALIA / J. MARSH & SONS-MELB.
Written, tape inside lid: To Mollie with / the best of luck/from Mother.
On back of tin: All flour used in Centenary / Souvenir Birthday Cake / is milled by / Burnley Flour Mills Pty. Ltd./ Burnley, Australia / Peerless in Quality/ Sterling in Value.
|Manufacturer:||George Rath, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934|
|Manufacturer:||J. Marsh & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934|
|Place & Date of Event:||Victorian Centenary, Victoria, Australia, 1934-1935|
|Place & Date Used:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934|
|References:||See catalogue from the State Library of Victoria's 1985 exhibition, Victoria's Centenary, for information about the Centenary Birthday Cake.|