Milk Vendors' Measure, "Sunrise", iron, half pint, made by Malleys Ltd., c. 1900...


Tongarra Museum


Milk Vendors' Measure, "Sunrise", iron, half pint, made by Malleys Ltd., c. 1900-50

About this object

Round-bass pouring vessel with attached lid that was opened by applying downward force on an the upturned end attached at hinge. While this measure displays extensive rusting on its surface, later methods were galvanised to extend their life. This milk measure was made by Malleys Ltd and sold as part of the popular "Sunrise" brand of dairy utensils manufactured by the company. Other onbjects sold under the brand name "Sunrise" included railway milk cans, milk strainers, milk buckets, dairy boilers and cream coolers.

The object was used by milk vendors to measure the correct portion of milk to dispense to clients. The milk was most commonly carried in iron 'beehive' cans, cart cans and other holding vessels and dispensed individually for each customer. The measures were a main staple of milk vendors who continued to use them until the introduction of pre-poured glass bottles that were packed before leaving the dairy factory.

Milk measures are one of the few remaining objects of the early period of home vendoring of milk that remain in local museum collections. Though glass milk vendors' bottles are widely collected by private collectors, the measures are far less common.


Malleys Ltd.

Date Made

c. 1900-1950

Place Made

50-52 Mountain Street, Sydney

Medium and Materials

Milk measure manufactured from iron. The base was round with a thick, horizontal band near to the base. The brand name "Sunrise" was written in raised lettering veritcally along along the external surface the handle. The lid was attached by a hinge located at the top end of the handle. The lip of the milk measure was bent in a raised, diagonal direction from the measure's body.

Inscription and Marks

"SUNRISE" (along the handle)

Object Type

Milk Measure

Copyright Licence  

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