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    Albert George Cooper (1908-1995) and Thomas Cooke (1910-) Ceramics, were set up in Glenhuntley, Melbourne, in 1937 to make porcelain flowers for their florist business.

    Cooper & Cooke, 15 Wattle St., Prahran

    During the war years they made insulators, buttons, casseroles and coffee pots for the Army. In 1946 they began making slip cast jugs, vases, urns, dishes, ornaments, ashtrays, book ends and animals designed by John Elischer.

    In 1954 they had a warehouse built at 668-680 Glenhuntly Rd., Caulfield, for Cooper & Cooke,

    Cooper & Cooke Ceramics who set up a studio in Glenhuntly, Melbourne in 1937 at 1204 (1198-1210 ) Glenhuntly Road, Glenhuntly, 3163. They later moved to Bendigo 112-114 Holmes Rd, Bendigo, VIC 3550 (VEMPBOR PTY. LTD.).

    John Elischer designs.

    Electric jugs - C C conjoined impressed mark.

    Ive read this: "In 1946 Huntley Pottery in Glenhuntly began making slip cast items designed by John Elischer. Huntly Pottery is long gone but John’s business continues today as “Unique Ceramics” at 31 - 33 Beaumaris Parade, Highett, Victoria. You probably have some of their stuff without knowing it. Have a look at the bottom of that ceramic port bottle of beer stein from the Dandenong Octoberfest. In 2002, Elischer Street in Canberra was named in his honour. John (Senior) died in 1966 and the business was continued by his son John (Wally), until 1987 when it was sold. Prior to that, at some time, he started making pieces the brand NCP. The business continues today as “Unique Ceramics” at 31 - 33 Beaumaris Parade, Highett, Victoria."

    John Wolfgang Elischer (1891-1966) was born in Vienna where he trained and worked as a sculptor before migrating to Melbourne in 1935. During the late 1930s and 1940s, as well as continuing to work in bronze, John Wolfgang sculptured a variety of animals that were slip-cast by the Cooper & Cook Pottery in Glenhuntley. These pieces were marked with a painted 'Elischer'.



    "AT THE END OF WORLD WAR 1 Australia was visited by the dreaded Bubonic Plague (Spanish
    Flu) and it quickly spread throughout the land. In Melbourne, the Brighton Road State School was commandeered as a Hospital/Morgue and the students transferred to other schools in the area.

    This was of particular significance to one of the students, Thomas Cooke, for at his new school, St. Kilda Park, he met another ten-yearold with whom he formed a firm friendship.

    This has lasted for more than 67 years, most of them spent as partners in a successful business
    venture. The other leg in the partnership is ALBERT GEORGE COOPER and this is his story.

    Albert was born at Windsor (near St. Kilda Junction) in 1909 and was educated at St. Kilda Park School and south Melbourne Technical School.

    In 1923 he started work as Office Boy and messenger with an importing firm Marcard, Lund & Co., for the princely sum of 12/61 per week, later to become Sales Rep and Manager of the Florist Supply section. In common with many businesses in the Great Depression the firm went into liquidation, but Albert was able to make a deal whereby he took over all stocks of the Florists Supply section.

    By this time Tom was studying at the Melbourne University but Albert was able to convince him that a future lay in a business venture, and so, in 1932 the firm of Cooper and Cooke Pty. Ltd. was born, and today, 54 years down the track, it is still 'going strong'. More remarkable, both principals and their families remain firm friends!

    The case history of Cooper and Cooke makes absorbing reading, but only an outline can be recorded here. From its status as an importing firm it was forced, because of sabre rattling in Europe at the time, to embrace the manufacture of goods no longer available from overseas. The biggest seller was porcelain wreaths in glass domes, for which there was a great demand. These were imported from Belgium and Germany and when the supply ceased, C & C set about making them here. They became the only manufacturer of these items in Australia, marketing between 2000 and 2500 per week.

    War put an end to these activities and through the Dept. of Supply they switched to making electrical porcelain items for defence work; they became a 'protected industry' and a reserved occupation.

    The war over, the firm diversified to domestic items, particularly porcelain jug bodies for the wholesalers in the electric jug field.

    The constant expansion of the business meant a number of new and larger locations and finally led to the transfer to Bendigo as a decentralised business, where it continues under the guidance of Managing Director, John Cooper (Albert's son) and daughter, Kay.

    Married to wife, Norah, in 1941, the busy life of Albert Cooper has not prevented him from journeying to most countries in the world, many of them in the course of sporting activities. Describing his prowess as 'mediocre' he does take credit for being a good Administrator. Table
    tennis is his great obsession and as a member of the Victorian Table Tennis Association since 1939 and a Life Member since 1959 he has served terms as vice-president and president. His greatest achievement was the establishment of the worlds' largest Table Tennis Centre at Albert Park.

    As Manager he led TT teams to Tokyo in 1956, Peking in 1961, Ljubljana in 1965 and was a delegate to all ITTF meetings from 1956 to 196?.

    His greatest disappointment was losing the World Championship to Stockholm in 1967. Melbourne was unable to stage this event because of visa problems associated with. the Vietnam War.

    A member of Rotary since 1963 he has belonged to clubs in Caulfield and Eaglehawk before joining his present club, Bendigo-Strathdale in 1983. He is a member of the Bendigo Club and past president of the Woodbury Bowls Club.

    Most importantly, Albert Cooper is now a member of the Probus Club of Bendigo and probably his most important creation in Porcelain is the Probus mugs which we present with pride to our speakers and other worthy citizens!"

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    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 14 May 1955 p 40 Advertising
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  2. OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS New South Wales.
    Construction (Sydney, NSW : 1938 - 1954) Wednesday 31 March 1954 p 9 Article
    Abstract: A club hall to cost £22,500 is to be erected in Liverpool Rd., Ashfield, for the Ashfield Sub-Branch, R.S.S. & A.l.L.A. 6016 words
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    1954 : a warehouse, 668-680 Glenhuntly Rd., Caulfield, for Cooper & Cooke, wholesale florists' supplies, Prahran.

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    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 22 February 1956 p 24 Advertising
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    MAN, Part-time, no experience! necessary. Cooper & Cooke, 774 Glenhuntly rd.. Glenhuntly. Phone UL3370

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    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 29 January 1949 p 37 Advertising
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    Cooper and Cooke, 774 Glenhuntly rd.. Glenhuntly. UL3370.

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    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 1 September 1956 p 32 Advertising
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    CLERK-TYPISTE. shorthand preferred. florist supplies warehouse? No Saturdays. Apply Monday, Cooper & Cooke, 774 Fix this textGlenhun

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    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 3 November 1956 p 42 Advertising
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    Cooper & Cooke 7741

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    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 23 February 1949 p 20 Advertising
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    TYPISTE-CLERK. general office work, no Saturday mornings. Applv Cooper & Cooke. 15-17 Wattle st.. Prahran, or phone LA1277. _

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  8. Web page: Cooper & Cooke
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    In 1946 Huntley Pottery in Glenhuntly began making slip cast items designed by John Elischer.Huntly Pottery is long gone but John’s business continues today as “Unique Ceramics” at 31 - 33 Beaumaris Parade, Highett, Victoria. You probably have some of their stuff without knowing it. Have a look at the bottom of that ceramic port bottle of beer stein from the Dandenong Octoberfest. In 2002, Elischer Street in Canberra was named in his honour.

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  9. Web page: COOPER & COOKE
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    Australian pottery large Cooper & Cooke Huntley Ware Four Seasons Whisky bar water jug. Albert Cooper (1908-1995) and Thomas Cooke (1910-) Ceramics, were set up in Glenhuntley, Melbourne, in 1937 to make porcelain flowers for their florist business. During the war years they made insulators, buttons, casseroles and coffee pots for the Army. In 1946 they began making slip cast jugs, vases, urns, dishes, ornaments, ashtrays, book ends and animals designed by John Elischer. In 1976 the firm relocated to Long Gully (Bendigo). The firm closed in 1996.

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    John Wolfgang Elischer (1891-1966) was born in Vienna where he trained and worked as a sculptor before migrating to Melbourne in 1935. During the late 1930s and 1940s, as well as continuing to work in bronze, John Wolfgang sculptured a variety of animals that were slip-cast by the Cooper & Cook Pottery in Glenhuntley. These pieces were marked with a painted 'Elischer'.

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  11. Web page: Cooper & Cooke
    http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/gid/slv-pic-aab89908
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    photo of building in Prahran

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  12. Web page: Cooper & Coole
    http://www.probusclubofbendigo.com.au/probenov1986.pdf
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    the story of their friendship: http://www.probusclubofbendigo.com.au/probenov1986.pdf

    AT THE END OF WORLD WAR 1 Australia was visited by the dreaded Bubonic Plague (Spanish
    Flu) and it quickly spread throughout the land. In Melbourne, the Brighton Road State School was commandeered as a Hospital/Morgue and the students transferred to other schools in the area.

    This was of particular significance to one of the students, Thomas Cooke, for at his new school, St. Kilda Park, he met another ten-yearold with whom he formed a firm friendship.

    This has lasted for more than 67 years, most of them spent as partners in a successful business
    venture. The other leg in the partnership is ALBERT GEORGE COOPER and this is his story.

    Albert was born at Windsor (near St. Kilda Junction) in 1909 and was educated at St. Kilda Park School and south Melbourne Technical School.

    In 1923 he started work as Office Boy and messenger with an importing firm Marcard, Lund & Co., for the princely sum of 12/61 per week, later to become Sales Rep and Manager of the Florist Supply section. In common with many businesses in the Great Depression the firm went into liquidation, but Albert was able to make a deal whereby he took over all stocks of the Florists Supply section.

    By this time Tom was studying at the Melbourne University but Albert was able to convince him that a future lay in a business venture, and so, in 1932 the firm of Cooper and Cooke Pty. Ltd. was born, and today, 54 years down the track, it is still 'going strong'. More remarkable, both principals and their families remain firm friends!

    The case history of Cooper and Cooke makes absorbing reading, but only an outline can be recorded here. From its status as an importing firm it was forced, because of sabre rattling in Europe at the time, to embrace the manufacture of goods no longer available from overseas. The biggest seller was porcelain wreaths in glass domes, for which there was a great demand. These were imported from Belgium and Germany and when the supply ceased, C & C set about making them here. They became the only manufacturer of these items in Australia, marketing between 2000 and 2500 per week.

    War put an end to these activities and through the Dept. of Supply they switched to making electrical porcelain items for defence work; they became a 'protected industry' and a reserved occupation.

    The war over, the firm diversified to domestic items, particularly porcelain jug bodies for the wholesalers in the electric jug field.

    The constant expansion of the business meant a number of new and larger locations and finally led to the transfer to Bendigo as a decentralised business, where it continues under the guidance of Managing Director, John Cooper (Albert's son) and daughter, Kay.

    Married to wife, Norah, in 1941, the busy life of Albert Cooper has not prevented him from journeying to most countries in the world, many of them in the course of sporting activities. Describing his prowess as 'mediocre' he does take credit for being a good Administrator. Table
    tennis is his great obsession and as a member of the Victorian Table Tennis Association since 1939 and a Life Member since 1959 he has served terms as vice-president and president. His greatest achievement was the establishment of the worlds' largest Table Tennis Centre at Albert Park.

    As Manager he led TT teams to Tokyo in 1956, Peking in 1961, Ljubljana in 1965 and was a delegate to all ITTF meetings from 1956 to 196?.

    His greatest disappointment was losing the World Championship to Stockholm in 1967. Melbourne was unable to stage this event because of visa problems associated with. the Vietnam War.

    A member of Rotary since 1963 he has belonged to clubs in Caulfield and Eaglehawk before joining his present club, Bendigo-Strathdale in 1983. He is a member of the Bendigo Club and past president of the Woodbury Bowls Club.

    Most importantly, Albert Cooper is now a member of the Probus Club of Bendigo and probably his most important creation in Porcelain is the Probus mugs which we present with pride to our speakers and other worthy citizens!

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    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Friday 3 August 1900 p 1 Advertising
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    porcelain wreaths in Sydney 1900

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    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Saturday 4 April 1942 p 11 Advertising
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    GIRLS. — Leading florist supplies factory to make porcelain wreaths. Apply Monday. Cooper & Cooke, 15 -17 Wattle-st.. Prahran.

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    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 9 May 1950 p 15 Article Illustrated
    Abstract: • "Could you please supply me with the address of a knitter at home of kiddies' wear?"- MRS. D.R.S.. (Ivanhoe). 924 words
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    1950 in Prahran still: wreaths

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    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Saturday 26 February 1949 p 19 Advertising
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    ad for typiste

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    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Monday 23 October 1933 p 1 Advertising
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    BEAUTIFUL Porcelain Wreaths, under glass, from 15/-; some under half price. Dobbie Fix this text& Sons, Eastern Market, in Bourke-st.

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