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Souvenir tea caddy spoon "Tea Time"

From the Collection of Melbourne Water 990 La Trobe Street Docklands Victoria

Description

Tea caddy spoon with clock face engraved showing 4pm on round spoon, tea pot shaped handle with enamel scenic view badge saying 'Healesville' ( depicting Maroondah Reservoir outlet tower).
Tea caddy spoon box labelled 'Fine Silverware by Stokes'
Size
6.5cm x 4.5cm
Object Registration
mwh02075
Keywords
melbourne metropolitan board of works, mmbw, maroondah reservoir, melbourne water, scenic view, souvenir, tea caddy spoon
Historical information
Melbourne Water inherited many of its water assets, such as reservoirs from its predecessor the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW). They have served the organisation well and have long been celebrated for both their natural beauty and engineering ingenuity.

In the nineteenth century Victoria’s fundamental need for water infrastructure went beyond merely functional solutions and reflected the English ideal of the romance and beauty that was embodied in expanses of water. The MMBW further enhanced this notion by incorporating beauty and function in to the Classical and Italianate designs of its infrastructure such as pumping houses and reservoir outlet towers.

The reservoir gardens and picnic areas were landscaped with ornamental stonework, exotic trees, decorative flower beds, fern glads pools and rose gardens.

All features of the water supply system became widely celebrated as beauty spots that continue to be very popular to this day with tourists and locals alike. This souvenir is a product of that flourishing tourist trade. These water supply sites continue to enhance Melbourne’s charm and liveability and are now recognised as places of cultural and historic significance
When Made
Early 1960s
Significance

This souvenir item has been curated by Melbourne Water as it represents an important historical aspect of the organisation by demonstrating the popularity of its water asset sites as recreational places and tourist attractions, and although these sites are functional parts of the water supply system, they were also designed to be enjoyed by the public both aesthetically and recreationally.
Inscriptions & Markings
Stokes and Sons

Stokes & Sons logo (Star with S and boomerang)

EG. No. 15733
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:11AM