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We all go through stages in life when we collect items. I remember in my younger years, I collected dolls from the different countries I visited and my girlfriend collected salt and pepper shakers.

In 1970, a group of collectors formed The Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club in Western Australia. They wanted to promote their hobby of collecting old bottles, jars and containers and share the knowledge of the history behind the items, the ages of the items and their intended use. Many of us would ponder on just how interesting the jam bottle would be, yet the variety of bottles collected by this group far surpasses any initial thoughts you may visualise when thinking of jars.

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Whiskey Jars (Photo courtesy of The Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club WA Inc Website)


Initially, the member's collections consisted of Chemist, ink, poison, milk, cordial, ginger beer bottles, Demijohns, crown seals, water jugs, pot lids, warners safe cures, pickle and preserving jars, glass insulators, ceramic bottles, marble bottles and old soft drink bottles. We all remember that Coke once came in a bottle and I still have a milk bottle that I once used for rolling pastry.

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Bottles and Bottles (Photo courtesy of The Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club WA Inc Website)


Today the club has expanded to include other items amongst their collections. Some of these are collectables, old tins and old toys, pottery such as Darbyshire and Wembley Ware, Blue & White China, Amethyst Glass, Australiana, Kitchenware, Lamps, Glassware, Whiskey Jugs, Figurines, War Memorabilia, Paper Ephemera, enamel signs and car registration plates, early West Australian dog registration tags and much more.

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Australiana, (Photo courtesy of The Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club WA Inc Website)


Over the weekend of 15th and 16th July, The Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club WA Inc is hosting their annual State Show. The event will be held at the Cannington Exhibition Centre, corner of Albany Highway and Station Streets, Cannington. On both days doors open at 9.00am and close at 4.00pm and 1.00pm respectively. Entry fee to the event is $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for Pensioner/Concession with children free.

Collectors in the club come from all walks of life, all with the common interest in the study and preservation of historical items. New members are always welcome with the cost of a yearly membership starting at $35 for a single or family in the metro area. Country and interstate membership is $30 annually. Membership for youth under eighteen years of age or a full -time student is just $10 a year. A membership form can be found on their website.

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(Photo courtesy of The Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club WA Inc Website)


Being a member enables you to enjoy a number of social events and 'member only' benefits such as club auctions, library use, Christmas party and excursions to other collections. Each member receives a copy of the monthly newsletter called The Little Bottler, which has been produced since the Club's inception. At the monthly meeting, members can swap and sell their wares, also have the opportunity to compete in the Club's shield competitions.

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(Photo courtesy of The Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club WA Inc Website)


Anyone wanting more information on this exciting event can contact Peter Lindroth on 0409 882 569 who is the Show Coordinator.
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When: 15-16 July 2017
Phone: 0409 882 569
Where: Cannington Exhibition Centre, Cannington, WA
Cost: $5.00 Adults, $3.00 Pensioner/Concession, Children Free
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