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Flyer relating to the final milk delivery by Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria

2014.0008.0005

Flyer relating to the final milk delivery by Lincoln Park Dairy, Essendon, Victoria

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Description

Flyer provides notice of the last run of the dairy.

Physical description

A DL sized flyer with black text on a beige coloured background. The flyer reads 'Lincoln Park Dairy / will stop deliveries after Thursday 23rd July 1987. / Thank you for your patronage over 60 years. / Accounts to be paid in the usual way.'

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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