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The plaque commemorates the Tusmore Malt Factory which operated from 1921 to 1950, and from 1960 to 1965.

The factory was constructed by John C. G. Cooper, a descendant of the family which established the Coopers Brewery.


Address:85 Tusmore Avenue, , Tusmore, 5065
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.942775
Long: 138.649068
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:
Approx. Event Start Date:1921
Approx. Event End Date:1965


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:June-2016
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Tusmore Malt Factory

This plaque commemorates one of Burnside`s little-known industries, the Tusmore Malt Factory which operated at 85 Tusmore Avenue, Tusmore from 1921 - 50 and from 1960 - 65.

Constructed by John C G Cooper, the factory produced a high grade extract malt for the pharmaceutical industry.  The extract was also used in commercial bakeries and in the production of malt vinegar, home brewed beer and breakfast cereals.

A descendant of the Cooper family, which established the well-known Coopers Brewer, John Cooper travelled widely as a young man and became a self-taught chemist and brewer.  Through his dealings with bakers he could see a market for malt extract and commissioned a plant made to his specifications.  John had also acquired prospecting skills in his early travels and used these to sink a 15.2 metre deep well on the site to provide high quality cooling water for the plant.

John died in 1951 and in the absence of a successor the factory ceased production for a decade.  In 1960 his youngest son, Peter Cooper, repaired and recommissioned the factory, operating it on a part-time basis until 1965.  Following its closure the land fronting Tusmore Avenue was sold and the factory demolished.

June 2016

Source: MA
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