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Bottles of days gone by
From left –
Original ginger beer, later used by people as a hot water bottle (with cork in) for cold nights. 1920-30s
ABC bottle for beer. Most commonly used by all breweries.
D.H. Newbigin soda syphon 1936, imported from UK. When filling the gas went in as well as the mineral water from the artesian wells that were bored back in 1893 to a depth of 295 feet.
Ginger beer bottle. Used solely for that product, taken out of service in the 1960s when regulations came in, as you could not see what was inside, i.e. worms dirt etc.
E. Newbigin soda syphon imported from UK 1918
Original beer bottle 1860s. Label “E. Newbigin First Prize Pale Ale”. Cork top.
Soda bottle imported from the United Kingdom. These bottles had a marble in the top the marble was pushed in to open, where it was held in a bubble. When it was recycled, washed and refilled, the marble was sucked back as a cap.
In the big fire in the late 1940s the bottles exploded and the marbles shot into the air, some travelling from Ellison Road to the railway line.