A candy trove of paperwork has been unearthed throughout the demolition of the outdated Cadbury workplace block that would be the web site of the brand new Dunedin Hospital.
The outdated books are filled with particulars about R Hudson & Co. – the native household enterprise that made yummy biscuits and goodies, and went on to merge with the worldwide firm – Cadbury.
That is what desires are product of for archaeologist Megan Lawrence, who might need carried out just a bit dance after they had been found.
“We have come throughout about 16 books, all minute books from the administrators from the R Hudson Firm, ranging from about 1899 proper by into the Cadbury Fry Hudson Firm historical past. They usually proceed on proper until about 1988,” she advised Checkpoint.
“So we have got fairly nearly 100 years of historical past in these 16 books.
“There’s a lot of information and figures and many numbers, which sadly we’ve not had an excessive amount of time to enter element. However there’s some actually key occasions which might be famous down into these books.
“The incorporation of the R Hudson & Firm in 1889 is within the first web page.
“As we undergo the historical past, it is obtained some nice fascinating particulars about enhancements to the factories and enhancements to different buildings akin to cottages on there.
“It goes by each the struggle 12 months durations, so there’s notes in there about how uncooked supplies had been changing into very costly throughout the First World Warfare, however commerce continued fairly nicely.
“Every report is sort of temporary in itself, so not an excessive amount of element, however we nonetheless extract little bits of data.”
Lawrence stated a lot of the primary guide is handwritten.
“It truly covers fairly various years from 1899 to 1950.
“That guide begins off in cursive writing after which on the very finish of the guide we begin hitting some typed information there as nicely.
“A motor wagon is famous down in November 1912 and it was anticipated within the following April.
“Nonetheless, instantly beneath that report, they’re additionally nonetheless speaking about stables, and new stables on the property as nicely. So nonetheless making use of horses.”
She has not seen any chocolate recipes hidden within the artefacts.
“However we had some cool finds with plans that we additionally got here throughout, that had plans for the Curly Wurly machine and chocolate fish moulds, which was fairly thrilling.
“And once you stroll across the buildings, sometimes you come throughout the odd Jaffa or Easter eggs which have been left behind.
“We discovered fairly just a few plans saved in some architectural drawers there and so they’ve all been digitally scanned. So we’ve preserved them for the long run [and to] make that accessible to folks.”
The found books will now discover an applicable residence in a museum for the general public to view.
“It completely made my day,” Lawrence stated. “Made the workplace’s day after we introduced them again and sure, these are nice finds. We’re very excited.”