History: School milk
Who remembers free school milk?
And yuck . . . warm, creamy milk in glass bottles that tasted horrible.
Why were the bottles always left in the sun to get warm, especially in summer? They could sit for quite sometime until recess, some probably went slighly off!
And if you forgot to shake the bottle you got a mouth full of clumpy cream!
The programme started at the beginning of the 20th century with all children in kindergarten, infant and primary schools receiving free milk to improve their nutrition and general health. Between 1951 and 1973 the Commonwealth Schools’ Free Milk Scheme provided one third of a pint of whole milk per day to primary school children throughout Australia. The scheme ceased om 1973 but reintroduced in 1994.
|I don't think I looked that happy drinking my milk!! (taken in 1957)|
Providing the milk had cost $72,000 in 1951, whereas it had grown in cost to just over $10 million in 1969. By 1970 the government was starting to wonder if the programme was producing any benefit, except turning children off milk. This document makes for interesting reading if you have time. It is the 1969 report into "Milk for School Children" and even though the programme had run for 20 years, no research had been undertaken to see if the $$$ spent had produced a positive outcome. Interestingly, the report makes the following comment "Free milk is often warm when distributed" and that is my biggest memory of free milk - lukewarm milk and I am yet to find anyone who liked the warm milk.
|1965 - glass bottles with the silver caps.|
The milk producers were not very happy when the programme came to an end!