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Hi Folks, Not far from Melbourne, Victoria the Gippsland Antique Bottles & Collectables Club Inc. is hosting the "World's Finest Display of Antique Australian & New Zealand Bitters Bottles", at Kernot Hall, Morwell, Victoria on 28 & 29 November 2015. There has never been an Australian Bitters bottles display anywhere near the magnitude of this one. The collection has never been on public display previously & it will probably never be shown publicly again. Many Australian Bitters bottles are very rare and some are only known by one or two complete examples. Many bear American names such as Frisco, Philadelphia, Utica, Boston, St. Louis, New York and Milwaukee. These names seem to have been used to lure the public into thinking that the product was indeed American as America had a reputation for superior bitters at the time. Most of these bottles date from around the 1870-80s. They were popular with the stage coach drivers, many of whom were American. The stage coaches opened up outback Australia to "speedy" travel as Australia lacked railways to many inland towns until later on. Many of these rare bottles were found at the inns and horse change stations along the stage coach routes in the outback. As with your beautiful American Bitters bottles, many of the Australian Bitters bottles are found in a range of colours. Semi-cabin shaped bottles predominate. If you collect Bitters bottles & you have ever contemplated a trip "Down Under" to the land of the Kangaroo, why not bite the bullet & hop over? The $ exchange rate is heavily in your favour at present, & you'd be made most welcome over here. Do it!
 

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G'day ozbottles.Fancy meeting you here. :)Kernot hall is my local show - I'll be there.It's always a great day & I look forward to it every year.
 

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I wish Wayne. I'd love a summer down under and an skip the winter up ???... what would fit there? Up over?[:)]
 

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Thanks for your interest & replies. I also have a competition going on the Aussie Bottle Forum, for members to guess how many bottles will be displayed. You can have a look on www.ozbottleforum.com in "Forums", then select "Discussions", then "Competition". In 4 weeks' time the Fair will be all winding down & the Bitters bottles will be returned to their owners & tucked away, probably never to be seen together again. Are you coming?
 

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Sincere apologies for the inordinately late posting of these photos of the Aussie Bitters display that I put up in Morwell back in 2015. I suppose that I was so busy with running the show and making sure that my bottles were safe, that I forgot to get back with the photos that I promised. These are some photos of my Bitters - not all taken at the time of the display. Most have American or British names, but they were made in Australia for Australian companies. This was done because America, in the 1870-90 period had a reputation here for the best Bitters and there was a prejudice against colonial (i.e. Australian) products. Luckily for us, Americans have never swooped on our rare Bitters bottles or they would all be over with you folk in the land of their names, if not origin. Enjoy!
 

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Wow, those are stunning! I never knew that Australia had bitters bottles like that, and especially in such fantastic colours.
 

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Great collection! I love the colors and how crude some of those bottles are. Especially the Boston Hops Bitters.
 

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