Spatula, Cake; William Wilkinson and Sons; Unknown
Spatula, CakeAbout 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.
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l 465 mm x w 50 mm x d 35 mmSubject and Association Keywords
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