# Flashback Friday – Davis Gelatine Factory

Can you remember the distinctive smells that used to come from the Davis Gelatine Factory? The factory which turned animal offcuts into products like gelatine and glue opened in 1917 and closed in 1990. 

Its former site, which is located opposite Pagewood Public School, is now occupied by a business park. The only remnants of the factory are part of its sunken garden and a cottage- like building that was once the office of the factory’s managing director. This is now home to the Treehouse Cafe.

The animal off-cuts Davis Gelatine used to produce goods such as glue & gelatine. BAYSIDE COUNCIL
The Davis Gelatine Factory, 1937. The cottage-like structure you can see in the lower half of the photograph still exists today and is occupied by the Treehouse Cafe.  BAYSIDE COUNCIL

The original site of the factory can be seen in the left-hand corner of this image. The Treehouse Cafe is located in a heritage building that was once part of the factory. GOOGLE MAPS

Before the use of photography became common Davis Gelatine used an illustrator to help promote its products. BAYSIDE COUNCIL  

Samantha Sinnayah, Museum Curator 

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