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Cake - Centenary Souvenir Birthday, George Rath, 1934 Object Reg. No: SH 000078

Summary:
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.
Description:
Small rectangular metal tin containing a slice of fruit cake wrapped in cellophane and a piece of paper doily. Also inside the tin is a small cardboard card advertising Robur `Refresher' tea. The tin is printed with information about, and a picture of, the cake from which the slice was cut. The tin is encased in a small cardboard mailing box, which is also printed with similar information about the cake.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Rita Crompton, 2000
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.20 cm (Height), 4.60 cm (Width), 7.40 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: celebrations, charities, keepsakes, melbourne centenary 1935, victoria centenary 1934-1935
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Centenary of Victoria
Tertiary Classification: product packaging
Inscriptions: Printed front of box: CENTENARY/SOUVENIR/Birthday Cake/To/ STAMP/1834-1934/VICTORIA AUSTRALIA.
Printed side of box: BIRTHDAY CAKE/1834-1934.
Printed on card: VICTORIAN 1934 CENTENARY/With The Compliments of/ FOR COMPLETE ENJOYMENT SERVE/WITH/Robur Refresher/TEA
Manufacturer: George Rath, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934
Manufacturer: J. Marsh & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934

Comments

Glenda Thomas Posted on 20 Sep 2011 12:27 PM
Just letting you know I came across the centenary birthday cake tin with the cake still in it. The cake still looks ok!
George Rath Posted on 22 Dec 2012 10:58 PM
The Centenary of Victoria Cake was made by my Grandfather

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