C E Graham Marble Bottles
These are very rare bottles from Portarlington on
the Bellarine Peninsula. It has long been known that Mr Graham owned a successful general store and tobacconist shop in Portarlington. It was assumed that he operated a small aerated water machine to make soft drinks to sell through this outlet. He was also an enthusiastic poultry breeder and exhibitor with his black orphingtons in his “All Black” poultry farm. Mr Graham won many prizes for his marksmanship in the Portarlington rifle club and trophies as a bowler. He was a Shire Councillor in the Bellarine Shire.
He and Thomas Wardin from the Grand Hotel Portarlington were prosecuted in the Drysdale courthouse (our historical society building) on the 26th October 1906 for using other manufacturers trade- marked bottles –perhaps this explains why the C E Graham bottles are so rare
This kind of prosecution occurred all over Victoria as large companies were losing the use of their own bottles. This case was reported widely in the press due to the large fine imposed.