About Peters Milk Bar

MilkBars around Australia are diminishing rapidly which is sad to say, but that’s one of the main reasons why this website evolved, to keep those memories alive.

Peter’s Milk Bar is now 6 years old. This site is a hobby, and updated or added to when I create time. NB. All photos within these pages are taken from my own collection unless specified ©.

Peters IceCream Vintage Signs

…. Some Milkbars have survived economic hardship that was due to competition from the big guys, and others are being re-instated /refurbished for nostalgia reasons.

My name is Pete, this website is a place for a collectors / sellers knowledge, or just those wanting to take a visual trip down memory lane. I’m a Milk Bar/Grocery enthusiast, collector & Ebay seller, collaborating my photography /graphics skills with items from my own collection, to share with you all, let’s walk down memory lane.

On This Site people can browse & comment on Australian things from the days of gone, of when we were kids and used to hang out at the local Milk Bar, especially in summer for a Peter’s Icecream and or Sunny Boy.

Pete with a Milk Bar Sign

I have also collected many other things but MilkBar / Grocery is my favourite interest, and the one I focus on today. I’ve collected Childrens TV Characters, when I saw that at a bargain price, Vintage Toys, Chip Packets & Marvin Martian. Collecting is “addictive” and people collect the most amazing things… come and share your story or your own similar blog. If there is any photos you would like in high resolution without watermarks, ask me as I often share.

I created this site back in 2012, it has progressed as I have the time… so come and hang with us…. Let’s talk Milk Bar Memorabilia.Peters MilBar Logo

My PHD in Lollies :: Interesting read about confection history in Australia ..  Australian Confectioners :: Video from ABC on Lolly Manufacturing in Australia

Above is the Full Peters Milk Bar Logo as it is today, Below is the other stages of it’s creation. Click to Enlarge.


Logo designed & owned by Peter Lister©

32 comments to “About Peters Milk Bar”

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  1. - March 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks Julia.. it’s humble beginnings, only a month in the making, so lots more to come.

  2. Louise & Roger - November 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Pete,

    Roger and I own The Blue Bird Cafe in Lockhart NSW (near Wagga Wagga). It has been a Greek-Australian Milk Bar Cafe since 1930 (and before that an oyster bar). We bought it near derelict a year ago and over this year, have been restoring the Art Deco building including the original 1930s milk bar. Please visit our blog (bluebirdlockhart.blogspot.com.au) or better still the cafe on your next NSW road trip. We are filling the place with retro milk bar memorabilia and welcome people who appreciate the piece of childhood that is almost extinct these days.

  3. Pete

    Pete - November 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Louise..WOW, what a cool project…and CONGRATULATIONS on keeping the Aussie Style Milk Bar alive and well! Please Please add some photos som we can see the inside etc…..this is a project I will watch. http://www.bluebirdlockhart.blogspot.com.au

  4. Tim - March 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    G’day Pete, it’s Tim from oldholden here. I like your page, haven’t had a good look through yet, but I will when I have a few minutes. I have a few bits and pieces, not a lot (you’ve seen the chip packets), but I’m happy to get pics for you if you want. I’ll have to go digging through a few boxes.. Feel free to contact me thru the e-mail address I typed in above..


  5. Julie - July 29, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for memories, I love nostalgia, we need more of it, more soft drink stuff, lollies, I remember the fab lemon add, where all the lemons burst out of the phone box, and the KFC add where the family are in an old jalopy? Travelling on a windy road in country. Animated of course, mrs marsh and her mccleans toothpaste adds, Palmolive you’re soaking in it Marge? Would love to see heaps more pictures of grocery/milk bar items and toys from the 70’s. I’m 47, and it’s a real thrill. Thanks for the memories, keep it going. It all goes way to fast. Julie paul

    • Pete

      Pete - July 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Julie, Thanks, & Agreed. With the world moving so fast in these modern times, it always nice to take time and smell the roses, or “remember that time when”… fond memories huh?
      Thanks for the flashbacks of the Palmolive lemons from the phone box, and KFC = “Yugo said you go go, and I said no you go, and soon he was back with the pack and then Dad hit the track. A drive isn’t funny with that empty tummy. Thank goodness for Kentucky Fried.”… now you will have that one going round in your head! Come back n see us sometime!

  6. Julie - July 29, 2014 at 8:39 am

    One more thing. Who could ever forget the add and jingle for ‘uncle Sam ‘ I still know the tune and occasionally sing it to this day. Was that just a propaganda add for the yanks? It was a goody regardless. Thanks again. Keep it up.

    • Pete

      Pete - July 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Julie, I have a page with Uncle Sam stuff on it. I have the elbow patches that were used in the very commercial you’re talking about…. Cause under your arm is the top of the world, No Sweat!

  7. Diane Laurie - September 1, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Pete, just wondered if you went to Verdale Primary School. I was Di Toogood and my parents had a milk bar in Centre Road Vermont. I love your site, it’s awesome. Di

    • Pete

      Pete - September 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      OMG… You know I thought about you the other day….weird… Yes it is me, my surname is now my mothers maiden name… I remember your father owned OK nuts… Small world huh…..Hope you are good and life is treating you well, thanks for dropping by.!

  8. Diane Laurie - September 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Funny hey how the years go so quickly. We have been collectors for years. I have an old original enamel peters sign and an original sennits ice cream sign. I’ll take pics. We also have old pinball machines and one is the Orbit 1 which is the first Aussie made machine. I’ll take lots of pics tomorrow.

    So glad I found you


    • Pete

      Pete - September 3, 2014 at 7:40 am

      WOW, That sounds pretty cool, so r you both collectors, what do you collect personally Di or you both like same?
      When I thought of you I thought of Lisa Zass, Moira ?, Leanne Gilliland, Michael Holgate, etc and thought I wonder what they are all up to these days, just curious I guess…lo and behold you contacted me. How on earth did you know it was me? Can’t wait to see some of your pics. I too had a Peters enamel in Perfect condition, sold it 10 years 🙁 ago when my collectibles went in storage for few years…

  9. George T - September 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Pete. I have an old Sennits paint on glass sign from a cafe (Joe’s Cafe, St Kilda Vic). Wondering if you have seen these before and would know of it’s value. I know the Sennit polar bear lights are quite valuable. Cheers.

    • Pete

      Pete - September 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Wow, beautiful piece… Only ever seen enamel or Tin of these and a light.
      Its in GREAT condition and would look good in a tin or wood box as a light. I would not even guestimate the value of this, definitely over $1400. At auction on a good day it would fetch a handsome price tho. Thanks heaps for sharing, amazing piece!

  10. George T - September 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks Pete. Used to be a matching pair. Have some other memorabilia from the cafe. Will look through and see if anything worth posting.

  11. George T - September 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Found an unopened Tarax bottle from pre ’76. Depending on when the good old days were for you you may know of Joe’s cafe run by my grandparents or Greasy Joe’s opened by my parents. Both in Ackland St.

    • Pete

      Pete - September 21, 2014 at 6:37 am

      George Wow, bet you have some great photos of Joes? Did your family sell these businesses, I think Joes is still around? Been a few years but I definitely remember Greasy Joes, it had a neon or retro (cursive) logo in window??… When I say the good ol days I mean when Stkilda was likened to Syd’s Kings Cross… when I visited recently it had “tamed” down and definitely didnt have the same late 70’s vibe. Cool Tarax bottle!

    • Marion

      Marion - June 4, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Hi George, my dad worked at greasy joe’s in the 80’s. His boss was Joe or George/Giorgio? He worked along side Archie? And mario.

      • Pete

        Pete - June 5, 2016 at 8:27 am

        Hi Marion & Welcome… Sorry to butt into your convo but I was wanting to ask if you reckon your Dad has any old photos of Joes shop back in the day I would be interested to use some on the site, with credit to owner of course! Cheers P.

  12. Trish - November 3, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Hi, love the site! I too love collecting old grocery items and signs. Look forward to looking closer through your site.

  13. Trish - November 3, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Old opened tube of toothpaste

  14. Trish - November 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Pete, love your tubes of toothpaste! I now have toothpaste envy! Do you have photos of your other groceries?

  15. Steve

    Steve - July 13, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Hi All,
    I’m a keen collector of Milk Bar related items, particularly from 70 onwards.
    Here is a pic of my latest addition a Peters Ice Cream sign.

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