About our business

Prendergast and Grace is a family owned and operated wholesale fine food manufacturing business specializing in hand made biscuits and sweet baked goods.

We bake fresh daily and specialize in small batch-baking, guaranteeing the freshest product possible. Our products are all hand-made so no two items look the same.

We work with restaurants, cafes, gourmet delis, food outlets and other service focused customers, providing them with high quality products they know their customers will love.

 

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We have always admired the graceful and elegant bronze crane and turtle-dragon statues that stand proudly in the fountain at the top of the steps at Eastern Beach at the Geelong waterfront. The children’s playground there has been a popular destination for locals and visitors for generations, and our family is no exception. Having hosted many birthday parties and family gatherings there, we always seemed to end up by the pretty fountain, sitting on the edge, fascinated by the feathered and scaled creatures overlooking the bay.

Researching more about the statues we discovered they are Manchurian Cranes and minogames. The statues, at a cost of L400, originally graced the driveway of the St Albans’ Park homestead, the stud property erected for Mr James Wilson in 1873. Each of the larger 2 cranes had an electric light bulb in its mouth, which were said to be able to illuminate the whole driveway. The statues remained at St Albans’ Park when the establishment became the property of Mr A. W. Jones, but when Mr Jones sold the stud, he kept the statues and transferred them to his town residence in Garden Street, Geelong.

Between the First and Second World Wars, the Geelong Council’s improvement projects included the Eastern Beach Improvement Scheme, which eventually generated the swimming enclosure, fountains and the playground existing today. It seems that Alderman Ritchie had his eye on the birds, as he soon approached Mr Jones for a donation of the birds to add to the Improvements. Unsurprisingly, as Mr Jones had taken the trouble to bring the cranes with him, Ritchie was refused. However, he was later persuaded to accept a nominal price of £25 for them, and they were installed in the fountain on the steps leading down to the beach.

Unfortunately, the statues were vulnerable to damage by vandals, and their position in the middle of a fountain made them hard to repair, so at some stage (certainly before the 1980s), they were copied in some more durable materials and the originals moved to the more private ponds in the Botanic Gardens.

Geelong Botanic Gardens Bronze Crane Story