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Object Search – Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in the Orange district

As a part of the development of Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in the Orange district Orange Regional Museum is asking locals to check their cupboards and sheds for objects and images that could be loaned to the museum for display.

This week the museum is looking for

  • A Barrett’s Icecream Tin,
  • old SPAM tins,
  • and photos or film of the Cherry Blossom parade or Apple Country fair.

More information on each of these items is listed below.

Please get in contact with the museum if you can help locate any of these items.
E: museum@orange.nsw.gov.au
P: 02 6393 8444

A Barrett’s Ice-cream Tin
It held half a gallon (about 2 litres) of ice-cream and is blue and white.

Barrett’s made ice-cream in Orange as early as 1900 but the business really took off from 1945 and flourished until the 1960s. The Barrett family first move to the region as cordial producers around 1874.

The museum is also hoping to find a picture of someone eating a ‘Barrett’s Bat’ during the 1950s or 1960s. This was a chocolate-covered ice-cream that preceded the chocolate heart. It was shaped a bit like a short cricket bat, made of vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate. Discussions with locals have indicated that this was a popular treat during the 50s and 60s but we have not yet been able to find any pictures.

Image: https://picclick.com.au

Old Spam tins
In the late 1970s or early ’80s a meat canning factory was built on farmland land East of Blayney. This produced Spam and other canned meats. Spam is a brand of canned cooked meat made by Hormel Foods Corporation. It was first introduced in 1937 and gained popularity worldwide after its use during World War II. Spam’s basic ingredients are pork, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative.

To help tell the story of Blayney’s Spam factory the museum is looking for old Spam tins from the 1970s and 80s.

Image: By Qwertyxp2000 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37340578

Photos or film of the Cherry Blossom parade or Apple Country fair
In the 1950s and 60s, the Cherry Blossom Festival was the highlight of spring in Orange. Initiated in 1939 by the Chamber of Commerce, the festival raised funds for sporting and community causes. A busy week of social, cultural and sporting activities culminated in the crowning of the Cherry Blossom Queen and a parade of floats and characters down Summer Street.

The Cherry Blossom Festival ended in the late 1968s. From 1978 the Apple Country Fair led a parade down Summer Street and crowned an Apple Queen. The Apple Country Fair ran every alternative year between 1978-1988.

As a part of the exhibition Paddock to Plate the museum is hoping to tell the story of the Cherry Blossom parade and Apple Country Fair. If any locals have pictures or film of either of these events please get in contact with the museum.

Image: Cherry Blossom Parade in Summer Street, image courtesy Orange City Library

by Jessica Dowdell In News & Events, Recent News on

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