Bread plate; QS2007.350.1-9


Sydney Quarantine Station Moveable Heritage Collection


Bread plate

About this object

This plate was manufactured by W. H. Grindley & Co. at the Tunstall warehouse in Stoke on Trent, England. The printed mark on the plate indicates that it was made after 1954. It was used at the Quarantine Station at meal times.
This object is historically significant because it is associated with the North Head Quarantine Station and the people connected to it. The Station is the longest continually operating Quarantine Station in Australia. As this plate is made of good quality ceramic it was probably used by First and Second Class passengers at meal times while the lower classes were given basic enamel wares to use. Another reason why this plate is significant is because it demonstrates the class definitions that existed at the Station. From 1873 the Stations’ precinct boundaries reflected the class definitions that were present aboard passenger ships. This was also reflected in the architectural design, furnishings, cutlery and crockery used on site.
Aesthetically, this plate is significant because of its beauty and craftsmanship. The yellow colour is evenly spread throughout the surface of the plate and the shape of the plate combined with its highly glazed finish makes it appealing to the eye. The smooth finish of the ceramic and the detail in the scalloped rim show a high degree of craftsmanship.
The object is socially significant to the community of former employees, residents and internees of the Quarantine Station. It is important to them because it is a reminder of the time they spent at the Station and the experiences they had or did not have whilst there.
This plate is representative of its style type, the “Petal ware” range by W. H. Grindley & Co. It also has interpretive value as it gives information about the lifestyle experienced by the upper classes and it demonstrates the class definitions that were present at the Station.

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1.5 x Ø 17.3cm

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