A Short History of Candles In Australia - Clare Makes

A Short History of Candles In Australia

Australian candles are a product of a proud and diverse history.

Candles have been around for centuries. In fact, the first candle was invented by an Australian named James Braidwood in 1828. It was made of tallow, a type of animal fat, and it burned for three hours without needing to be lit again.

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The first candles were made in Australia in the late 18th century, when a gentleman named John Barry invented the candle mold. This was a great time for Australian candles, as it allowed for mass production of these famous flameless lights.

In 1851, a woman named Petronella O'Connor invented a candle that burned longer than any other candle at the time—11 hours! She also built the first factory to manufacture candles in Australia. Her company was called "Candles by Petronella."

In 1891, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and soon after, electric lighting became popular. However, candles are still used today because they are beautiful and smell amazing!

In the early 20th century, an entrepreneur named Samuel Rolfe created the first mass-produced candle in Tasmania. He called it "Tasmanian Shine," and it was a huge hit with consumers across Australia's eastern coast.

Following this success, other companies began producing their own candles under the same brand name—and that's how we got to where we are today! Nowadays there are many different types of Tasmanian Shine available on the market: from regular old white candles to scented ones that smell like roses or lavender.

But since then, the Australian candle market has grown immensely to include hundreds of individual candle-makers and over a dozen large companies that produce candles on an industrial scale. This growth has been fueled by an increasing demand for high-quality products and a growing desire among consumers to know where their products come from—as well as how they're made.

The growth of the Australian candle industry has also been driven by increased interest in green practices like recycling and sustainability. Candles made in Australia tend to use more sustainable resources than those made overseas, which means they're better for both your wallet and the environment!

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