Twitchy and nervous due to another restless night trying to prevent Chicky, the cute Curlew, from being murdered by the Barking Owl , I stumbled out of bed , fed the Curlews , made porridge and coffee for my wife and returned a bottle of milk to the frig. As I turned away, there was one almighty explosion ... glass flew ... I stood there stunned , shocked by what had happened. It turned out that an old glass soda water syphon , which used to be common in hotels, one of seven atop the frig, had fallen onto a Depression glass fruit bowl on the bench . The syphon , put out by the brewery company Tooth and Co. Pty. Ltd., NSW, fortunately, did not smash.
What had caused the heavy bottle to fall ? Had there been an earth tremor ? Surely not moved by the strong wind that blew during the night ? A poltergeist ? Leering at me like the killer puppet-Chucky- at the front of the syphon collection was the Beenleigh Rum character jug. Experimenting showed that the frig rocked considerably when the door was closed and the bottle must have eventually boot scooted off the end of the line.
The syphons , some filled with coloured water , above, were used to advertise softdrink and brewery companies . There is one for Webster’s Soft Drinks Pty. Ltd., Narrandera and Griffiths, and Sheekey’s, Wagga Wagga , Pty. Ltd., both of NSW. Bought at a New Zealand antique fair are ones for C.L. Innes & Co. , Auckland and Hamilton ; Grey and Menzies Limited , Gold Medal Mineral Waters, Thames, Auckland and Waikato; C. Matthews, Wellington . Thompson’s Pure Soda , Purity its trademark, in a British Syphon Company , London, bottle is thought to have been bought at a garage sale in North Queensland .