Steve Petterson will be guest speaking at the Clermont Historical Centre on November 6.
Steve Petterson will be guest speaking at the Clermont Historical Centre on November 6.

Bottle collector to share his trade secrets

A COLLECTOR of antique bottles will share his passion and tell of the history of Central Queensland bottles at Clermont Historical Centre next week.

Steve Petterson has been a competitive bottle collector and avid collectables show organiser for many years, after a fascination grew from the age of six.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the event comes off the back of the successful 100 Objects exhibition in the historic Masonic Lodge.

“The Clermont Historical Centre and events such as this allow us to capture a moment in time and preserve it for generations to come,” Ms Baker said.

“By having someone as passionate as Steve Petterson guest talk, we get a chance to experience the interesting history and story behind a seemingly ordinary object we might take for granted every day.”

Mr Petterson, a former vice president of the Queensland Historical Bottle and Collectables Club Inc, said much of his spare time was spent digging or hunting for old bottles.

“I would drive to far-flung regional towns both in Queensland and interstate chasing them,” he said.

“After more than 50 years of collecting, Dad and I amassed an extremely large collection of gems, minerals, old bottles, Australian pottery and a myriad of other collectables.”

Division six councillor Lyn Jones said Mr Petterson’s visit will encourage people to look through their old boxes and maybe spark an interest in collecting antiques.

“Our Clermont Historical Centre is proud to host visiting guest speaker Steve Petterson,” Cr Jones said.

“We’re thrilled he will talk not just to people who are interested in learning about the history of bottles, but also to anyone who treasures unique or historic collectables.”

The Clermont Historical Centre will be open from 10am on November 6 and visitors are welcome to wander the centre and view the outdoor exhibits.

The event is free. Morning tea will be served before Mr Petterson’s talk begins at 10.30am.

For catering purposes, RSVP on 4983 3311.

For more about Clermont Historical Centre, including opening times, visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au or call the council’s customer service centre on 1300 472 227.


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