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Cake - Centenary Souvenir Birthday, George Rath, 1934 Object 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.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.00 cm (Height), 4.70 cm (Width), 7.40 cm (Length)

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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
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
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.

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