Quenching your thirst

Glynn’s cordial bottle, Collection of the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 13.841

Cordial was one of the treats inspiring early businesses to develop in Coffs Harbour. Cordials manufacturing was usually developed to disguise the poor taste and quality of water. [1]  To quench the thirst of the local community, the Glynn Brothers – John and William – had established a cordial factory near the Coffs Harbour jetty by 1912.

Advertising (1912, December 21). Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 – 1915), p. 12.

State Archives and Records: NSW Registrar General, Deeds Registration Branch; NRS 12961, Registers of Firms under the Registration of Firms Act, 1902, 1903-1922. [2/8546] 28838 Glynn Brothers Coffs Harbour 1917
The business was formally registered on 17 July 1917. John assumed full responsibility for it in 1921. As it grew, the factory had to deal with some location issues:

SHIRE COUNCIL (1934, November 30). Coffs Harbour Advocate (NSW : 1907 – 1942; 1946 – 1954), p. 1.
SHIRE COUNCIL (1935, July 19). Coffs Harbour Advocate (NSW : 1907 – 1942; 1946 – 1954), p. 4.

John Glynn decided to rebuild in a new location; so a new construction plan was devised and the business moved to Collingwood Street.

Plan of factory for J. M. Glynn, Collection of the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 12.1467
The approximate location of the new factory, shown in image mus07-7778, from the collection of the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

The site prior to construction is shown in this land sale poster:

Coff’s Harbour land sale posters, 1935 and 1937. See Plan E, Block 14. Coffs Harbour Regional Museum collection item, 12.1701-1

The business continued into the late 1940s. Its artefacts live on in the collection of the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum.

Glynn’s Jusfrute cordial boxes, Collection of the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 15.218
Metal sign on the wall of the “I scream for icecream” shop in Grafton. (Informal photograph)

Reference

Black kettle and full moon, Blainey, G., 2003

Acknowledgements

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum thanks Jim Munro for sharing his research into the history of the Glynn Brothers’ cordial factory.

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