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Barbecue - Willow, Sure Fire, Aboriginal Motif, 1970 Object Reg. No: HT 6254

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Alternative Name(s): Barbeque

Willow, Sure Fire BBQ with aboriginal motifs, made in Melbourne in 1970. It comprises a circular body in red/ brown with aboriginal motifs of men and women hunting kangaroos, turtles, etc. on 3 wire legs that fold out. A central metal container and wire grilling rack sits inside body.

The Corroboree design barbecue was made in 1970, and was manufactured for one season only. Between 5,000 and 8,000 units were made. It did not sell well, so there was no repeat production. The design is appropriated from Aboriginal designs. The choice of design came about 'due to the go anywhere portability of the bbq and its ability to be used anywhere. We likened this to Aboriginal culture'.

Willow Ware began as a partnership between Ralph and Richard Wilson in 1887. They established the Wilson Bros in 1889 in Flemington before moving to North Melbourne. They began by making tinned plate tea and biscuit canisters. Later they printed metal kitchenware with the blue willow pattern, under the Willow brand, a name they applied to the company in 1965. Willow Ware Australia Pty Ltd is currently located in Tullamarine.
Description:
A small metal barbecue. Circular body in red/ brown with aboriginal motifs of men and women hunting kangaroos, turtles, etc. Pierced holes around base of body. The BBQ on 3 wire legs that fold out. A central metal container and wire grilling rack sits inside body.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 39.37 cm (Height), 28.57 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: domestic life, cooking equipment, barbecue equipment, barbecue cookers, aboriginal depictions, -1
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Cooking
Tertiary Classification: barbecues
Manufacturer: Willow Ware Australia Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970

Email correspondence between curator and David Aldridge, Willow Wares Pty Ltd, 09-02-2005.

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