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Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood

Mr. H. Mace's Cordial Manufactory

Mr. H. Mace's Cordial Manufactory.

One of the oldest of local industries, deserving of great attention, is the aerated water, cordial, and sauce manufactory of Mr. H. Mace, successor to Messrs. H.J. Milsom & Co. His large and commodious building is built of brick and stone, as also is a large six-stalled stable and coach-house, with an extensive loft, and is situated in St. Asaph-street, running through to George-street. The upper storey of the factory is used as a storeroom for the numerous articles used in the manufacture of cordials bitters, sauce, &c. The ground floor contains the factory, cordial room and office. Water is laid on throughout the premises, and the frequent use of it keeps the place pleasantly cool. The machine at work is a soda-water machine (by Barrett and Foster) with double cylinders, each containing eight gallons, capable of turning out 1600 dozen daily. It is driven by an Otto silent gas-engine of 3-horse power. This also drives page 208the oat-crushing and chaff-cutting machines in the stable loft-Among the other apparatus are the several bottling machines, which are used for filling the Hogben, Lyamont, and Coad patents, as well as the ordinary plain bottle—all of which are in use by this firm—a siphon, filler, and a gasometer, one of the largest in the colony. In the cordial room are the several casks in use for the manufacture of cordials, sauce, bitters, &c., whilst all the shelves are kept constantly filled up with them. They are all corked by the French. Gervais corking machine, which compresses and drives in the cork at the same time. In the office, which is neatly fitted up, hang the certificates of awards gained by this firm in the International Exhibition held in this city in 1882. Competing against several others—some of whom gained high honours in Melbourne, Dunedin, and elsewhere—this firm obtained the only gold medal and "First Order of Merit" for general excellence in aerated waters and cordials; a silver medal and "First Order of Merit" for sauce; and a bronze medal for sarsaparilla. The firm have also been appointed purveyors to his Excellency the Governor.