C. E. Graham, Portarlington.

c1900s


Graham Portarlington Dobson Codd Marble Antique Bottle
Exceptionally rare bottle from the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong in Victoria. It has long been known that Graham owned a successful General store and tobacconist shop in Portarlington. It was assumed that he operated a small aerated water machine to make soft drinks to sell through this outlet. However the following article suggests the scale of his aerated water business was much greater than that. Of course the topic of the article also gives a pretty strong indication as to why Graham's bottles are so rare! Although aerated water makers using other companies bottles at this time was not uncommon the size of the fine (including costs) in this case was very large and this news was actually reported in papers all around the country.

Article from the Hobart Mercury (Interstate News) 26th October 1906.