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bread knife

From the Collection of Orbost & District Historical Society Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

Description
A stainless steel serrated edged knife with a cream coloured handle (bone?)
Size
L-318mm H-22mm D-10mm
Object Registration
3250
Keywords
alstergren-timber-cabbage-tree rem-lottie cook-house-alstergren's-timber-mill bread-knife-orbost-hardware
Historical information
This knife was used by Lottie Rem who ran the cookhouse at Astergren;s Timber Mill at Cabbage Tree in East Gippsland from 1954 until 1966.. It was bought in Orbost around 1957 - 1958.
Sited on the banks of the Cabbage Tree Creek, the township was built by the timber mills to house their workers. Although the timber mills have disappeared, some of the buildings still remain. The "Cook House" and "Manager's House" are two buildings. The Cook House was built to supply meals to the workers of the Alstergren Mill. Some of the original interior walls were made from hessian and wallpaper. The few houses to survive to today are now used as private dwellings.
Significance
The Cabbage Tree Creek township was established to support the booming timber industry of the mid 20th century. Five timber mills worked full time supporting the families that were drawn to the area's wealth of natural resources. this item is associated with the history of Cabbage Tree.
Inscriptions & Markings
on blade -""Made in Sheffield expressly for Orbost Hardware and Timber Co, Orbost"
Last updated
26 May 2020 at 1:18PM