The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.
2000/25/1 Bong (Marijuana waterpipe), plastic / rubber, home-made, maker unknown, Australia, 1996. Click to enlarge.

Bong made from a plastic drinking bottle

This example of a bong (or marijuana waterpipe) is a common variation of the different types of home-made bong used in the 1990s.

The smoking of marijuana is becoming an increasingly common recreational pursuit in Australia. Even though marijuana remains an illicit drug, many kinds of manufactured bongs are freely available in specialty shops. However, amongst young people with limited incomes, the home-made, disposable bong is very popular. Often referred to as 'Orchy bongs', after a brand …


Object No.


Object Statement

Bong (Marijuana waterpipe), plastic / rubber, home-made, maker unknown, Australia, 1996

Physical Description

Bong (marijuana waterpipe), home-made from plastic drink bottle and sections of garden hose, Australia, 1996.
The bottle from which the bong is made is a 'Schweppes Sport Plus' bottle, and the seal where the piece of hose enters near the bottom of the bottle is made from black gaffer tape. There is a small hole (over which a finger would be placed when the bong was being used) melted or cut near the shoulder of the bottle. The whole bottle is decorated with graffiti-style insults probably written with a green 'Posca' paint pen. The bong has been used and contained remnants of burnt marijuana when it was found.



185 mm


70 mm




Found in a gutter in December 1996.



The bong was found by Megan Hicks in a gutter in Harris Street, Ultimo.


Credit Line

Gift of Megan Hicks, 2000

Acquisition Date

16 February 2000

Cite this Object


Bong made from a plastic drinking bottle 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 December 2022, <>


{{cite web |url= |title=Bong made from a plastic drinking bottle |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=1 December 2022 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}