A small ceramic milk jug. The jug features a belt design surmounted by a crown and a scroll underneath. " NGAMOTU PALLADIUM / NEW PLYMOUTH " features on this design. " DURALINE / SUPER / VITRIFIED / IVORY / GRINDLEY / HOTELWARE Co. / ENGLAND / GIBSONS & PATERSON LD / WELLINGTON /10-46 " is written on the base of the jug. The rim of the jug is fringed by twin red lines and there is also a red line on the handle.
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This jug was found among the estate of Jack and Milly Nisbet by their nephew Graeme Johns. The Nisbets operated the Palladium tearooms at Ngamotu Beach during the 1930s and 1940s and were involved in various paid and unpaid roles on the beach until the mid 1960s.
On New Year's Day 1917 when the Palladium had just been opened, Ngamotu beach was grandly billed as " The Playshore of the Pacific " and became Taranaki's favourite beach playground. It's New Year's picnics drew families from far and wide and as public and private transport improved, the Ngamotu beach crowds grew thicker. Ambitious fund raising carnivals began about 1938 and the beach became a top spot for entertainment. Excursion trains used to run from Whangamomona and from South Taranaki and up to 45 school and church picnics were held at the beach annually. A crowd of 25,000 people flocked to the beach in 1941 for a re-enactment of the arrival of the settler ship William Bryan. But from the late 1950s with more cars and more counter-attractions the beach began to suffer. The carnivals declined in popularity and the last was held in 1966.
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