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  • Title
    Item 2: [Silver trowel] presented to Louis Phillips Esqr on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone of the first patent bread making plant in Australia, 26th August 1903
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    R 322
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  • Physical Description
    1 trowel - silver, diamond shaped , bordered by wriggle work and bearing engraved shell and swag decoration near the handle. Facetted haft rising to plain ivory and bone handle. - 31.6 x 8.3 cm.

    The first bread making plant was at Abel & Company in King Street, Newtown. Charles Baldry Abel, who was born in England and died here in 1930, also founded Marrickville Margarine and Nut Foods of Australia, as well as being a pioneer in bread making. Reference: 'Stories in Silver' exhibition (curated by Brian Eggleton), State Library of New South Wales, 1996.
    Businessman Louis Phillips arrived in Australia in ca. 1855 and soon after joined the firm of Moses Moss & Co., Merchants, rising to the position of senior partner. He became a prominent member of both commericial and Jewish communities in Sydney. He acted as Chairman for several companies, invested in numerous ventures, and owned considerable private and commercial property in and around the city. He was several times president of the Great Synagogue. He was married to Clara nee Moss and had 8 children, living at 'Orwell' Potts Point (-- information from donor, ML 353/60).
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  • General note

    Made in 1901 by Walker & Hall, Sheffield (U.K.). Marks: Crown, lion passant guardant, date letter gothic 'i', flag with 'W&H'.
    Related manuscript collection: Louis Phillips papers (Location Number: A 4702 - A 4766 Mitchell Library)
    Related pictorial material: Photograph of Louis Phillips and family (Location Number: P1/Phillips Mitchell Library) and Realia (Location Number: R 321 - R 324 Mitchell Library)
    This item has been preserved and digitised as part of the Nelson Meers Foundaton Benefaction, 2005.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 852902
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    Stories in silver - State Library of New South Wales
    Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection - State Library of New South Wales (July-Dec 2006)
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