Far More than Just a Tobacco Tin

old Town Talk tobacco tin

old Town Talk tobacco tin

inside of the old Town Talk tobacco tin

ephemera that was in the old Town Talk tobacco tin

1932-00-00 undated expenses

undated, but as all the rest of the store supplies dockets are in 1932,this is bound to be around the same time. Treacle, Matches,Soap, Tea … then Gelignite!

1932-05-24 store supplies

one of the many store supplies dockets in the tin,this one is dated 24 May 1932

1933-01-12 Gun licence

Frederick ‘Bert’ Butler’s gun licence, dated 12 January 1933

DESCRIPTION: with two parts to this item, the first is the old tobacco tin. “Town Talk” is the brand, and it looks like it was made by W.D. & H.O. Wills in Sydney, Australia. The second part is the ephemera that was inside the tin – there’s 26 items, mostly cheque butts and receipts from a store in Western Australia.
DATE: early 1930s
STORY/ABOUT:  This tin belonged to Frederick ‘Bert’ Butler, who emigrated to Australia from England, and went to Western Australian goldfields. The ephemera that has been kept in this tin are mostly cheque butts, rent receipts and receipts from a local store. But that’s very cool as it shows what he and the party he was with bought each week. And you have to love the fact that you used to be able to buy anything from ink, to chaff, to flour and bread, to meat and towells, to cigarettes and gelignite all from the same store!
Bert Butler married my great auntie Daisy May Randell.

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Kelly Autograph Book - a1

Kelly Autograph Book - a2

Kelly Autograph Book - a3

Kelly Autograph Book - a4

Kelly Autograph Book - a5

Kelly Reunion 1939

this article appeared in The Advertiser, 2 January 1939
you can read the full article on Trove at:

DESCRIPTION: this is the autograph book that was had for the “William Kelly 1938 Reunion”
DATE: 31 December 1938
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Sharon Norman (nee Beer)
STORY/ABOUT:  William Kelly who arrived in South Australia in 1838 from the Isle of Man, settled in Cudlee Creek. This reunion took place 50 years after his death at the Kelly homestead “Sulby Glen” at Cudlee Creek, which also happened  to be 100 years since his arrival in South Australia. The autograph book was created by Esther Kelly for the reunion. I have only show 5 double-page spreads of the book above, but there are far more than that as there are pages and pages of signatures of almost every one of the 300 who attended the reunion.


John Beavis Randell's Vaccination Record 1877

DESCRIPTION: this is a duplicate copy of a “certificate of vaccination”  for John Beavis Randell, my great grandpa
DATE: 30 May 1877
STORY/ABOUT:  John Beavis was the youngest son of William Beavis Randell, and the only child from his second marriage to Ella Alice Sinkinson. A transcription of the document above is:

Certificate of Vaccination
I, the undersigned, hereby certify that John Beavis Randell, the child of W.B. Randell aged 5 months of Gumeracha has been successfully vaccinated by me. Dated this 30 day of May 1877. E.S. Holthouse, G. Vaccination [?]

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