Monthly Archives: August 2013

Face Jug 2

MORPETH’S Weird and Wonderful Novelty Teapot Exhibition is back, this year with an “electrifying” twist.


The exhibition, which kicks off on Thursday, August 22 and runs until Sunday September 1 at Morpeth Gallery, will feature a quirky display of electric jugs.

Art Deco urn-style jugs, jugs with Bakelite lids, scissor lids and sliding lids, are just a few of the “retro” designs that will be on view.

Hecla was a brand name synonymous with electrical appliances and the company’s Grecian urn style was a favourite in many Aussie kitchens dating back to the 1920s.

One Hundred and Seven electric jugs with a total value of more than $17,000 will be on display during the two weeks of the exhibition.

Trevor Richards from Morpeth Gallery said the jug display will be a nostalgic journey for many who view it.

“The jug display came about by accident when we were offered an almost complete collection from a deceased estate,” Mr Richards said.

“We took that on and then my wife Shirley picked up a rare face jug from a doll fair in Liverpool. This is valued at $1500.”

He said the face jugs could not be bought but were given as prizes by the manufacturer for competitions.

Aussies pioneered the use of electric jugs in the 1920s, quickly followed by New Zealanders.

The United States and European countries thought it too dangerous to mix electricity and water in a domestic situation.

This year marks the 21st birthday of the Morpeth teapot exhibition.

Mr Richards said there will be almost 3800 teapots on display worth a total value of $163,000

While the exhibition was planned to be axed next year, Mr Richards quickly changed his mind after a survey at a trade fair in Sydney revealed overwhelming support to keep it running.

Trevor Richards

5 Green Street Morpeth NSW 2321

Telephone: 0249331407, fax 0249331407





Royal Baby Gift




 Victorians choose unique Royal gift for the Prince 

Premier of Victoria Denis Napthine today announced, with 3AW host Neil Mitchell, the six Australian children’s books chosen by the Victorian community to be presented to the young Prince.

“I want to thank Victorians for their enthusiastic response to choosing Australian and Victorian children’s books for the Royal baby boy,” Dr Napthine said.

“I would like to give particular thanks to Neil Mitchell and his listeners for their great suggestions.

“We are sure these books will give the young Prince as deep a love and affinity with Australia and the State of Victoria as do other members of the Royal Family.

“Both Peggy and I have loved reading many of these books to our children and I am sure they will be enjoyed for years to come by the Prince.”

The six selected books are:

Animalia – Graeme Base;

Blinky Bill – Dorothy Wall;

Bollygum – Garry Fleming;

Edward the Emu – Sheena Knowles;

Snugglepot & Cuddlepie – May Gibbs; and

Wombat Stew – Marcia Vaughan.


Bollygum has a very special connection to the Black Saturday bushfire recovery efforts, in which Prince William took part during his visit to bushfire effected communities in 2010. The book provided the inspiration for a bushland park to be constructed in Kinglake in the wake of the Black Saturday bushfires.

The Premier will also be sending a Geelong Football Club Kitty Cat membership to the Prince.

“I hope that the Prince, when he is older, will go along to a Geelong match and enjoy our great national game,” Dr Napthine said.

The books and the membership will be sent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the coming days.