This morning as we were going through our piles of linen to gather some for the Sydney bushfire appeal Mr Geniaus pulled out the Onkaparinga blankets I had as a child. My grandmother gave these to me around 1958 when I got a grownup bed and they kept me warm and cosy until I left home to be married. They moved with me and have been used on occasion for overnight guests. When our first two children were born they were also bought a pair of Onkaparingas but in the vibrant colours of the seventies. By the time our last children were born doonas were in vogue so they didn't score a pair of blankets.
|My Onkaparinga Label|
We still use Mr Geniaus' childhood pair of Onkaparinga blankets on the beds in one of our spare rooms. These blankets were made to last.
I wondered about this traditional Australian brand so asked Mr Google about it. I found that the mill closed in 1993 and that there is now an Onkaparinga Woollen Mill Museum in Lobethal, South Australia.
|Onkaparinga Woollen Mill c 1900 from State Library of South Australia Collection|
|1952 'Advertising.', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 26 November, p. 38, viewed 24 October, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article44021238|
|1948 'Advertising.', Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), 6 July, p. 8, viewed 24 October, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48566697|