Thursday, July 8, 2010

Canned Great Barrier Reef Turtle Soup, Anyone?

With the opening of the new walkway on the Go Between Bridge, the top portion of a lovely old building has become visible with this old painted sign. Foggitt, Jones and Co. seems to have been some sort of canned meat factory back in the 1930s from most accounts...

If the Brisbane Courier from November 14th 1931 is to be believed, one of it's meats was live turtles from the Great Barrier Reef. They were shipped from up the coast and straight to the Foggitt Jones wharf where they were turned into canned soup! Yikes! Barbarians!

6 comments:

J Bar said...

Love those old signs.

the foto fanatic said...

Turtle soup was very popular in earlier years, although it is unthinkable now. Here's a reference:

http://www.theoldfoodie.com/2007/06/turtle-season.html

Annie said...

mmmm...they wouldn't last long today would they?

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Elizabeth said...

OMG! Beautiful building, and interesting history. Yuck :)

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I thought the place is a condo. :)

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