UNEARTHED: Antique dealer Joel (left) met collectors Don Sellars, Rose Stokan and Bev Winks (right) at the appraisal.
UNEARTHED: Antique dealer Joel (left) met collectors Don Sellars, Rose Stokan and Bev Winks (right) at the appraisal. Contributed

Treasures found at art project's take on antique road show

ONE of the oldest known bottles related to Brisbane settlement was among the treasures presented at the recent bottle appraisal held in the Ipswich Mall.

Dating back to the 1850s, the bottle was among a number of rare bottles identified on the day by 4BC radio antiques guru 'Joel', from Brisbane Antique Centre Loganholme.

Joel said he was able to identify a number of rare Ipswich bottles in good condition on the day.

"The most valuable bottle presented carries an approximate price tag around $2000," he said.

Each bottle recognised as a rarity was photographed and recorded and added to the Ipswich Historical Society records and will help in the design for the Bottle Alley Mural Project, coordinated by Booval artist Julie Maddocks.

Ms Maddocks said the locally made bottles would feature in the mural.

Rare Ipswich bottles unearthed at a free appraisal with antique dealer Joel for the Bottle Alley mural project. Photo: Contributed
Rare Ipswich bottles unearthed at a free appraisal with antique dealer Joel for the Bottle Alley mural project. Photo: Contributed Contributed

"These locally made bottles, thanks to the positive community, bottle collectors and owners' responses are bringing the city's vibrant past into the spotlight," she said.

Animating Spaces River Life community coordinator Jolanta Szymczyk said she was thrilled to be contacted by a family member of P.J. O'Donnell Goodna Pharmacy on the day.

"We were able to learn about their pharmacy bottles and other related paraphernalia and we are looking forward to learn more about this important local business," she said.

"It is fascinating to know that our community holds a key to the city's past and our artists, project partners and volunteers are part of these discoveries."

A public painting day is set for July 11 where the three artists coordinating the Animating Spaces Ipswich River Life project will supervise painting for the general public and activities for the children.

Bottle Alley, Bradfield Bridge and the old TAFE building will be the backdrops to the three projects with a final showcase on August 22.

 



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