"Old Settler's Cottage, Kersbrook, S.A."
Size of etched image 155mm x 105mm
Size of Presentation including surviving evidence of origin = 510 mm x 375 mm
"Carl or Karl Stratmann was the "first confectioner in Adelaide." He migrated to Sydney from Germany in 1905 and then to the shop in King William St.,
Adelaide, in 1913. He developed a quality sweets business called STRATMAN’S. However he was commented that for all his success he was an individual character”.
It was reported that he flew the German flag from his shop in 1915, during WWI! He tired of the taunts and harassment selling his business and moving to
Melbourne to make jam. Alfred Ernest Haigh moved into his new premises vacated by Stratman in 1915 and established Haigh's Chocolates.
Following Alfred Haigh's death in 1933 Haigh's Pty Ltd and A. E. Haigh Ltd was steered through the Depression and the difficult years of World War II
when the supply of sugar was rationed, by Claude Haigh. Not only is the Beehive corner an Adelaide landmark, but it, houses one of the states iconic
family businesses. Stratman was artistic with his confectionary business and is an artist who is fairly unknown but had worked in Europe before coming to Australia.”
This information was collated by Rachel Biven in April 1990. Rachel Biven was the well-respected Licensed Art Valuer and owner of Sydenham Gallery
located at 5 Anunda Place, Beaumont, SA. 5066.
REDISCOVERING LOCAL HISTORY c.1930
As evidenced on the backing board and brown paper dust cover, the customer and recipient of the etching may be Mr or Mrs Tradinger who took it to a well
established Rundle Street framer, Dimond Bros, who wrote down the the customer instructions:
“White (mat) with Black (frame) maybe same size as it is. Cut out Printing and paste on Back of Picture”. The beautiful illuminated message “Wishing
you a Merry Christmas & a Bright New Year from Carl and Ellen Stratmann, 1928”. “Northumberland, Heathpool” is given as the address.
Heathpool is a suburb in the current council of Norwood, Payneham and St. Peters and Northumberland may have been a house name, popular at that time.
NOTE: Highlighting the importance of keeping original wrappings/ materials for the knowledge it conveys, but also the importance for removing
old acidic materials that irreparably damage the contents. This one is saved and looked what it gave us!
The paper has been leached of lignin, transferred from the aging timber presentation material.Museum cotton presentation has been used to maintain condition for the future.