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K887 Butter cooler, galvanised metal, made by Willow, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s. Click to enlarge.

Butter cooler, galvanised metal, made by Willow, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s

Made by Willow Ware Australia Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s.

This is a galvanised metal butter cooler made in Melbourne by Willow in the 1930s. In the hot climate of Austalia before people had fridges, they used ice chests, meat safes and butter coolers to keep food fresh and cool. Ice was delivered several times a week in most suburbs in the cities and placed in the top of the ice chest. Butter was kept cool with a butter cooler like this one. The space between the walls of the perforated container was filled with water. Meat was kept in a ventilated fly...

Summary

Object No.

K887

Object Statement

Butter cooler, galvanised metal, made by Willow, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s

Physical Description

Butter cooler, galvanised metal, made by Willow, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s

Butter cooler with cylindrical cover with wired and rolled lower rim, indented top, central pierced moulded dome 1.5 high under strip metal handle. Lid fits over a shaped dish, with raised centre platform for the butte. Indentation on top would have carried water which seeped through the cloth to the channel around the dish below.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1983

Acquisition Date

1 July 1983

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Butter cooler, galvanised metal, made by Willow, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930s 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 August 2019, <https://ma.as/263703>

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