Barrett’s Cordials

In October 1909 Mr. Walter Edgar Barrett was busy enlarging his factory to fit a new state of the art carbonating machine. At the time Mr. Barrett of Summer Street, Orange was the owner of the largest aerated water, cordial and ice works in the Western Districts and had recently been awarded prizes for his ‘non-intoxicating ale’ at the Royal Agricultural Show.

Barrett’s Cordial Factory, Orange, Catholic Press, Sydney, Thursday 14 October 1909

The Barrett’s cordial empire started with Walter’s father Thomas Barrett, who came to Orange from Bathurst to set up his business. By the time of Thomas Barrett’s death in 1916 the cordial business had been sold to a Mr. Cartwright. Cartwright held on to the business for about 12 months before selling to Mr. T.G.A Williams in 1917.

Found during excavation of the Orange Regional Museum site and held in the Museum’s collection, is a glass cordial bottle with ‘BARRETT ORANGE’ stamped on the side, indicating it’s use in the Barrett cordial factory on Summer Street. The bottle is a torpedo shape, designed to stop the bottle from being stood up. The cordial would then keep in contact with the cork so that the cork would not dry out and shrink, falling into the bottle.

Green glass torpedo-shaped cordial bottled marked ‘BARRETT ORANGE’. ORM2016/49   Orange Regional Museum collection

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2 thoughts on “Barrett’s Cordials

  1. I am WEBarrett’s grand daughter my father being TABarrett. I am trying to do the history of the Barretts business company’s with not much success so was interested in your find of a cordial bottle, and the story attached

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