Historical information

Victorian Railways Bread Plate - Black & White

Maker : W H Grindley & Co (Ltd)
Earthenware manufacturer at the Newfield Pottery and then the Woodfield Pottery, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent
The company was founded at the Newfield Pottery in 1880 by William Harry Grindley (princliple partner) and Mr Turner (the '& Co.')
They produced Earthenware and Ironstone China - particularly for the Canadian, United States, South American and Australian markets.
In 1891 the company moved to the Woodfield Pottery, Woodland Street, Tunstall.
In 1960 the business was purchased by Alfred Clough Ltd.
In 1978 renamed Grindley of Stoke (ceramics) Ltd.
Federated Potteries Co. Ltd. took them over in 1982 and in 1988 the business was re-purchase by W. H. Grindley.
1991 saw the company in the hands of the receivers. and the same year they were taken over by Woodlands Pottery.

DURALINE (trade mark)
printed mark used by Grindley Hotel Ware Co Ltd
c.1930's onwards
The Number i.e "6-53" = "month-year"

Supplier to Victorian railways : Loftus Moran, Melbourne:
Mr Loftus Henry Moran was well known in the tea trade. Originally employed by Griffiths Bros Ltd, he started his own business, Loftus Moran Pty Ltd, in 1909
In 1913 he purchased the tea business of Mcintyre Bros, and later' that of Steele Bros, and absorbed them in his own company.
He had a wide business connection among hotels and guest houses for supplying crockery and other supplies.
Ref: DEATH OF MR LOFTUS MORAN (1944, May 27). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11809686

1st Advertisement of the Plates in the papers:
Nothing is more objectionable than chipped crockery--besides its use is illegal.
DURALINE Plates, manufactured by The Grindley Hotel Ware Co., are tough as raw-hide. This is why they are used by practically every hotel and institution in Australia. Obtainable only from
Hotel Supply Specialists,
131 Queen's Bridge Street, Melbourne South
Advertising (29 March 1933, ). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. ), p. 7. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4726734


Historic - Victorian Railways - Refreashment Services crockery - plate

Physical description

ceramic Victorian Railways Bread Plate - Black & White

Inscriptions & markings

Victorian Railways ( in black on fount of plate )

"DURALINE" ( in Black on back of plate )
HotelWare Co
Loftus Moran Pty Ld
8 -53