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Geelong Bottle & Collectables Club Inc Volume 69 Jul/Aug 2009

Old King Cole A rare stoneware jug is the standout among a swag of Chas Cole collectables to be unearthed REPORT – Page 3

From the desk of the editor

W WHO’S WHO President: Dave Smith

Vice-president:  Peter Harding Treasurer: Bob Bauer Secretary: Tracey Elso

hen is a poster not a poster? When it’s a grand final poster. That’s what collectors would have been thinking in the wake of Geelong’s AFL premiership. Following the death of William Ellis Green (“WEG”) in December 2008, his traditional Herald Sun premiers poster duties have been taken over by Mark Knight. That was poster #1. Then with the strains of “We Are Geelong” still echoing over Skilled Stadium, readers of the Geelong Advertiser woke up to read that stocks of 2009 WEG posters were to be sold at the ground. Poster #2. And visitors to the collectables fair in October would have been able order to order a third version – this one

Diary dates

Assistant secretary:  Noel Dawson Librarian:  Craig Finegan Editor:  Cam Ward 0430 369 146

produced with the blessing of WEG’s estate but drawn by another cartoonist. There was one more twist to this tale. Fans who turned up to buy the WEG poster at Skilled Stadium were told that it had been withdrawn for legal reasons. But it was later freely available online. Of course, none of that matters to those hundreds of fans who were laying their hands on everything blue and white hooped. And only time will tell which proves the most collectable – Cam Ward


15/18 – MELBOURNE (Antique & Collectables Fair; Malvern Town Hall) 17 – GEELONG (Geelong Philatelic Society’s 60th birthday; Geelong West Town Hall) 24/25 – KILMORE (Antique & Collectables Fair Memorial Hall; Kilmore) 23-25 – WARRNAMBOOL (Bottles & Collectables Show; Warrnambool Showgrounds) 31 – GRAFTON (Bottles & Collectables Show; Grafton Showgrounds)


Public officer:  Kim Johnson

7 – BANNOCKBURN (Antiques & Collectables Fair) 14 – HOLBROOK (Bottles & Collectables Fair) 14/15 – BENDIGO (Swap & Sell) 21 – WHITEHORSE (Rose Exh. Collectables Fair; Burwood Hwy, Burwood East)

State representative:  David Smith


Catering officer:  Pam Bauer Committee members:  Tony Parsons Craig Finegan Kim Johnson Noel Dawson and executives

5 – MORWELL (Bottle & Gems Fair; Kernot Hall Morwell) 12 – WANGARATTA (Bottle & Collectables Show)

Geelong Bottle and Collectables Club Inc.

The club meets on the fourth Monday of each month (excluding December) at the Belmont Park Pavilion, Barrabool Road, under the James Harrison Bridge. Club postal address: Geelong Bottle and Collectables Club Inc. Box 5049 North Geelong LPO 3215

Stunning Chas Cole find causes sensation at national

Cream rises to the top


he entry was sent early, accomodation booked and a plan made. Off to the Penrith national I go! I left home on Wednesday, August 19 and travelled via Gippsland as I had some business to do at Batemens Bay. Naturally I called in to every collectables-type shop that was open, picked up a few nice items from some, including an Agee jar or two that I didn’t know existed! I slept in the van to save some cash and got to Batemans Bay early Thursday. The equipment I was there to inspect (a transportable bungy trampoline rig) was very interesting. Time for another shop or two at Goulbourn after driving over the Great Divide to get back on the Hume meant more pickups – and I even sold a pair of boot ice skates to a shop! I pushed on through to Penrith for a relaxing morning Friday and hung around the exhibition centre until we were allowed in an hour early at 1pm. My first impression: Wow, it’s huge! About 2000 square metres, I think, absolutely busy with most setting up Friday. No way could you hope to see what was coming out of all the boxes but I managed to grab a few. But I lost out to Wayne Harris, who was fortunate enough to purchase a previously unknown Chas Cole Merchants, Geelong ceramic whisky jug. What surprised me was that there was so much swap and sell that I kept finding things I hadn’t seen all weekend. Naturally there were fantastic displays, especially in the ABCR-sponsored favourite five section, which included Australia’s best jar – Graham Lancaster’s halfgallon Grace Bros Model jar on the reverse of a lightning trademark (pictorial hand

One highlight of the 2009 National Bottle Show that was not even being judged was this previously unknown Chas Cole whisky jug, quickly snapped up by Wayne Smith.

holding a model of the Grace Bros building). All in all it was an absolutely professionallyrun show, great venue, 2400 though the door, huge swap and sell and displays, good security. Sold well. Bought well. What more could you ask for ? The two I invited to share the cabin turned into three. That was OK – cheaper for all of us – except for Craig’s snoring of course! I’m definitely looking forward to Perth in 2010. – DAVID SMITH

Wayne Smith’s spectacular whisky jug purchase at this year’s national may have been the standout, but it was by no means the only special Chas Cole item to come to light recently. Club members have unearthed some grat additions to their collections, including this colourful Special Australian Rum, one of Neil’s latest finds in August.

minutes July monthly meeting July 27, 2009

Meeting opened at 7:55pm Apologies Craig Finegan, Dave Smith, Dot & Joe Votava, Darrell & Anne Phillips, Minutes of previous meeting Moved: Pam Bauer Seconded: Cam Ward Business Arising from Minutes Printing quotes for the newsletter & flyers – per Briter Printing Next committee meeting: Monday, 10 August, at Dave Smith’s house – 7.30pm start Club display – no display at Mark Ward’s or How Bazaar, but Ian Ballis is willing to give it a go on proviso that club accepts all responsibilities for items on display. Photographic display – still under some thought Correspondence Morwell AB&C Club newsletter Australian Bottle & Collect Review Subs Victorian Bottle & Collectables Association receipt of payment Western Victorian report Mornington Peninsula AB&C newsletter Treasurer’s report Term Deposit Cash Tin Tea Tin Swap & Sell Tin

$ 2498 $0 $ 20 $0

General Business Show & antique fair calendar: written up by Tracey – given to Cam to include in newsletter Show venue: Noel suggested we look at Kardinia Centre on Anakie Rd, Bell Post Hill but Dave has secured the Showgrounds for next year’s bottle show. Attendance book: Peter reminded us of the importance of signing the attendance book. Club display: Discussed possible venue of Mill Markets for a cabinet with a static display of club collectables. The details have still to be further discussed. Drinking at club: Some club members not comfortable with members drinking during club meeting, while others didn’t think it such a big problem, as long it is done responsibly. Dot & Joe Votava: Sadly informed of Dot & Joe’s son passing away recently, with the memorial service being held the following Tuesday at Lara. Club display: Discussed the possibility of the club doing a promotional display at shopping malls, the Geelong Show, Belmont market, or local antique fairs. Tracey to contact Bannockburn organizers and Pearl Rose re having a stand manned by members. Best acquired 1st: 2nd: 3rd:

Bob Bauer Neil & Robin Stack Alan Snowdon

Polished blow torch Bottle collection Opticians box

latest finds July Peter

1943 Peter’s Ice Cream newspaper ad US brothel tokens Australian tokens

Neil & Robyn

Bottle collection


Bottle of “hallowed ground” dirt – turf from MCG after 1992 grand final Royal Doulton Tony Weller miniature character jug Travelling optician’s box of lenses THIRD


Chas Cole, Hatchett, Whittaker codds St Arnaud, Wagga, Geelong milks


Latticino vase & Murano glass book Green honey pot


Pocket knife

Ron & Jan

Green vase Snow White glass


Large Sievert blowtorch



Collections don’t have to be expensive – or even antique – to be effective. Tony produced this array of crown seal soft drinks, all with blue and white ceramic labels.

latest finds August Peter

Printing plate Casba Coffee (GJ Coles) Coles 50th anniversary spoon


AF Moore Newcastle c/s ginger beer HS Stevenson, Manly 7oz codd James Bros, Manly 7oz codd GA Lewis Ballina, 13oz codd


Bengal Gin advertising statue Francis Cordial demijohn


1940s Verna doll


JJ Trait, Geelong internal thread Chas Cole special Australian rum M Barron, Mackay, 130z blob top


Victoria foundry, Geelong advertising thermometer Anthony Hurden & Sons jam jar Franklins cordial Chas Cole 7oz codd Model Dairy


4 spoke shaves and draw knife


Geelong ephemera Geelong directory


Green glass vase

Catching the voters’ eye in August were Tracey, who came third with this striking green vase, left, and Alan, whose Bengal Gin statue, right, claimed second place.




RIGHT: At the August meeting, Craig showed off the spoils of his trip north, including this crown seal AF Moore ginger beer, one of several he found diving. BELOW RIGHT: Among Dave’s finds for the month was this desirable stoneware Anthony Hurden & Sons jam jar. BELOW LEFT: Find of the month was this rare trade thermometer from the Victoria Foundry in Geelong West. LEFT: The name – Franklins – is familiar but this cordial is definitely less so. Anoher nice addition to Dave’s collection.



Need to e-mail a photo? Like to post a photo on the internet to sell an item? Have a lend of the club’s digital camera. ASK PETER FOR DETAILS

Wanted to buy Anything to do with Jim Beam, Coca Cola, ceramic Garfields and Ned Kelly. Collectables collector. Phone Len Ellmer on 5224 1469. Royal Doulton Whisky flasks/Kingsware Old electric jugs Please call JIM HUNTER on 5127 6420. Member of the Gippsland club. SINGER SEWING MACHINES Anything to do with Singer. Phone Bruce or Elsie on 5275 5450. Matchboxes, labels, vesta boxes, match grips and Meakin china. Phone 5276 1267. Any old newspapers and documents. Prefer Geelong and areas but will consider anything. Phone Peter on 5275 3411. Geelong street guides and business directories. Phone 5266 1126. Any Scouting memorabilia. Phone Shane on 5229 6469.

Wanted to buy

Milk glass Vegemite/Marmite jars. Also screw top metal lids, any size. Phone Bruce on 0408 527 741. Pre-1956 telephone directories. Geelong & District or Melbourne Phone Cam on 0430 369 146. Any old newspapers and documents. Prefer Geelong and areas but will consider anything. Phone Peter on 5275 3411. Victa logo plate For original model Phone Alan on 5255 4773 or 0403 160 336. Embassy branded items. The old GJ Coles home brand. Will BUY anything. Phone Peter on 5275 3411. Aussie fruit/preserving/jam jars Geelong bottles Ceramic label milks and soft drinks David 0419 434 306/5243 4306

For sale Photographic record of 2008 State Bottle and Collectables Show. All category winners and selected individual bottles on one CD. Suitable for enlargements. $10 per copy. Phone Cam on 0430 369 146.

No. 69 Jul-Aug 2009 GBCC newsletter  

Jul-Aug 2009 newsletter of Geelong Bottle and Collectables Club

No. 69 Jul-Aug 2009 GBCC newsletter  

Jul-Aug 2009 newsletter of Geelong Bottle and Collectables Club