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Milk agitator used at the Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria


Milk agitator used at the Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria

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Agitator used by the Tighe family at the Lincoln Park Dairy to agitate the milk when the cream rose to the top. Conway Tighe notes that this was in use when his father was in the dairy and prior to pasteurisation when the milk was in cans rather than bottles.

Physical description

A milk agitator comprising of a metal pole with a disk secured centrally to one end with a handle at the opposite end. The disk has circular holes cut into it. The object is covered with rust.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises two pieces of paper ephemera, a bound paper ledger, a leather bag, two glass bottles and a metal milk agitator associated with the Lincoln Park Diary, formerly located at 70 Lincoln Rd, Essendon, Vic., between approximately 1926 and 1987. The objects belonged to and were used by proprietors Hugh, Margaret, Conway and Patrick Tighe. The paper notice measures 185x90mm and the paper bill with letterhead measures120x115mm. The bound ledger measures approximately 310x380x20, and the bag approximately170x220x30mm. The pint-size milk bottle measures approximately 210x73mm, and the cream bottle approximately150x50mm. The milk plunger measures approximately 590x140 at the base. All objects are in good condition.

The 'Conway Tighe collection' is a well-provenanced suite of objects that collectively lend insight into the experience of delivering milk by horse-drawn vehicle in Essendon during the mid to late twentieth century, and the management of the privately-owned Lincoln Park Dairy. Dairy farming and distribution has long been central to Australia's industrial, labour and agricultural history. Despite evolving patterns of urban living and consumerism, the Tighe family carried out local milk deliveries for sixy years until 1987, far beyond many of their contemporaries.

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