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Canberra's Cordial Companies

Posted by ann gugler on October 28, 2010 at 12:33 AM

In the GENERAL section I have added informations about Canberra's Cordial Companies.  The first to build a factory which was for cordials and ice making, was TJ Sheekey of Yass whose logo on the bottles was Britannica with key.  Sheekey bought a block of land at the December 1924 land sales held on Camp Hill and began building towards the end of 1926.  The site was in Mort Street Braddon (then known as Ainslie).  Sheekey had supplied the soft drinks for the ceremony held on 12 March 1913 - when the foundation stones were laid and Canberra named by Lady Denman.  He delivered once a fortnight to the camps and settlements in the Federal Capital Territory and had the government contract to supply the Hotel Canberra and later the Provisional Parliament House.  Sheekey also provided the soft drinks for the ceremonies held on 9 May 1927 when the Federal Parliament in Canberra was opened.

 

In the early 1930s he sold to John Dean who owned the Cotter Cordial Co.  This short lived company sold out to the Queanbeyan firm, Commonwealth Cordial Company who in turn towards the end of 1945 sold to Capital Cordial Company. - These were Canberra's local cordial companies.

 

Queanbeyan cordial manufacturers also brought their wares into the FCT - Pike and George Morton were two of the main manufacturers of the early years.  Not mentioned in the article is Sacagio' Cordial factory of Queanbeyan. In the local papers I found two years when this firm advertised - 1909 and 1914.

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