Spatula, Cake; William Wilkinson and Sons; Unknown


Spatula, Cake

About this object

Bill Asher, owner of the 'Pukerau Mutual Cooperative Store' gave this spatula to Margaret Pullar in the 1960s. At the time, Margaret iced wedding and birthday cakes in the Pukerau District and Bill, who had been a renowned baker and decorator of cakes had retired, no longer needing the cake spatula. Upon gifting Margaret the spatula, Bill demonstrated his skills in perfecting smooth icing tops on a fruit cake she was icing.

A little about the 'Pukearu Mutual Cooperative Store':

Opened in 1882, the Pukerau Store operated as a butchery, bakery, general store, coal merchant and post office. Destroyed by a fire in 1915, brothers Albert Asher of Balfour and Walter Asher of Waikaka, rebuilt it. Excellent bakers, the brothers owned stores in their respective districts. Albert's son, Bill, took over the business. Bill delivered groceries and mail throughout the district. A hive of activity, in 1919, the Asher's requested separate postal facilities in Pukerau. The new facilities opened in December 1920, relieving the store of its postal responsibilities, allowing them to concentrate on their core services.


William Wilkinson and Sons

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, South Yorkshire, Sheffield

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed materials, wood
inorganic, processed materials, metal


l 465 mm x w 50 mm x d 35 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Business and Work

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