Sugar of Milk, 'Wyndale'; The Lactose Company of New Zealand Ltd; 1950-1960; WY....


Sugar of Milk, 'Wyndale'

About this object

This is a 'Wyndale' Sugar of Milk cardboard packaging box. Sugar of milk is lactose which was commonly used for baby formula. Cow's milk only has 5% lactose compared to that of humans which has 7%. In the early 20th Century it was considered that cow's milk should be 'humanised', and sugar of milk was used to increase the lactose content. The packet states 'Sugar of milk is the natural sugar present in mother's milk and cow's milk, and is therefore to be preferred to any other sugar for use in modifying cow's milk to bring it nearer to the composition of human milk.'

Interestingly, this particular packet was produced to be exported to India and Pakistan.


The Lactose Company of New Zealand Ltd

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Date Made




Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Edendale

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, wax paper
(note product still inside).

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten in black marker on base: 'WY 2001 12'
Added in pencil: 'WY.2001.12.1'


h 155 mm x w 80 mm x d 60 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

Subject and Association Keywords

Industry and Manufacturing

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