Reed Bros - Bendigo
Aerated Water and Cordial Manufacturer from 1900 - 1966
Joseph Reed was born in 1876 at Stawell and was latter employed by the Frantson Springs Cordial factory in Melbourne. In 1900 he proceeded to Bendigo and continued along this line of work.
During 1906 he built a new factory at Long Gully, Bendigo and soon formed a partnership with his brother 1908. When in 1911, sales of aerated waters declined during the winter months they set about making tomato sauce.By 1911 the business had moved to the old Bruce cordial factory in Bridge street, Bendigo.
After Joseph Reed died the business became known as J. L. & P. Reed Pty. Ltd. The company grew rapidly untill they bought out Darby Brothers of Shepparton in 1946. Reed Brothers continued until they were bought out by Cohn Bros in 1966.
1866 Joseph Reed born
1900 Established business
1906 Reed built a new Factory
1908 Reed Bothers
1914 William Henry Reed died
1946 Reed bought out Darby Brothers to form the Shepparton Cordials Pty Ltd
1955 Reed bought out J. G. Spain
1966 Sold out to Cohn Brothers.
List of known items from this Company.
RB trade mark
Epsom, Bendigo Pottery
|13 oz., stoneware bottle, black ink stamp, soft drink|
|1900-1920||Reed Bros., Bendigo, Crystal Cordial Works||Riley||26 oz. aqua, applied top, glass, bottle, soft drink|
Crystal Cordial Works
|Crown Seal||6 1/2 oz., clear or aqua glass, Machined top, soft drink|
Bendigo Ginger Beer