Sweet slice of Cadbury history

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THE State Library of Tasmania is showcasing Tasmania’s rich history of chocolate-making in its latest display, ‘By Mountain and Sea: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont’.

The exhibition features 100 years of never-seen-before photographs, films, illustrations and artworks from Cadbury, which opened its Claremont factory in October 1922.

Recognised as one of Tasmania’s largest private employers, the establishment of the Cadbury factory at Claremont has had wide-reaching economic and social benefits for the Tasmanian community in the century since it opened.

State Library archivist and historian Alicia Marchant and library technician Bev Morritt have investigated the history of the Claremont factory site, the company’s connections to the state’s dairy and fruit industries, and its focus on the wellbeing of its staff.

“Gardens and outdoor spaces were developed around the Cadbury factory complex, to create idyllic surroundings for healthy living and a content staff,” Alicia said.

“To aid in the work-life balance, in 1923 Cadbury’s built 20 houses for executive staff to live with their families, with a school located close by.

“The peninsula surrounding the factory came to be known as the Cadbury Estate. Sporting facilities included tennis courts, golf course, cricket ground and a bowling green.”

Alicia said there has been an overwhelming response to the exhibition.

“Every day we have had people come in and look at the display and then tell us about their family connections,” she said.

“We have also had people bring in their own family archives including employment documents, letters addressed from Cadbury, and family keepsakes.

“It has been so interesting to see how the community connects with Cadbury.”

The exhibition also features original Cadbury product design mock-ups drawn by commercial artist and industrial designer Vernon Hodgman, currently on loan from the Hodgman family.

“We have had enormous fun putting this display together and we are so thrilled in particular to have the Hodgman family items to share,” Alicia said.

“For us to bring the records out and for people to engage with them and wonder what they have in their own collection has been amazing.”

The exhibition is on display in the Tasmanian Archives Reading Room at the Hobart State Library until August, when it will be moved to the Glenorchy Library.

Images from the exhibition can also be viewed via the Tasmanian Archives website, which has more than 1.2 million archive and heritage items available through an online catalogue at libraries.tas.gov.au

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