Arcare Glenhaven recently welcomed Geoff Milton, former engineer and inventor of the Aussie milk crate!
It goes to say that every client in our Arcare residences has a unique story.
Upon Geoff’s arrival to Arcare, his daughter Valerie was sharing some background information about her father Geoff and her mother Mary, who also resides at Glenhaven.
Before the plastic milk crate, that we all know too well, wooden and wire milk crates were used to move milk bottles.
Trouble was, one broken slat or bent wire of the crate could end in spilt milk!
During his time as an engineer for the Australian diary farmers, Geoff took this problem into his own hands and invented the plastic milk crate.
He challenged the old designs and suggested they ‘get with the times’ and move to a plastic alternative.
Valerie also explained that he designed it with holes so that potatoes could not be carried in them – the crates are meant for diary!
‘I remember, when we were kids, if dad saw a milk crate on the side of the road, he would pull over and get it,’ Valerie said.
‘He would remind us that these were meant for the diary farmers!’
Who knew Geoff’s invention to assist diary farmers would also assist children with their toys, collectors with their music records, hip cafes with their seating and much more.
His invention is now been described as ‘the generic Aussie building block’.
Geoff is just as humble as the milk crate that serves so many in today’s society.
What was such exciting news to everyone at Glenhaven, is nothing but a fact of the past to Geoff.
It was not until two artists were feuding over the rites to building a ‘milk crate masterpiece’ that Geoff was recognised for his invention.
Amused by the feud, Geoff approached the media to advise them that if anyone had the true intellectual design rites to the milk crate – it was him!
The Sydney Morning Herald then published a story about Geoff and his humble invention – story here.
Not only is now there a giant milk crate artwork by one artist, but there are many milk crate masterpieces put together by the Bendigo Crate Man.
He is a mysterious street artiest, who constructs the ‘crate-man’ out of multiple coloured crates in random places such as park benches, shipping containers and water tanks.
Since his time as an engineer, Geoff also spent years volunteering for the Technical Aid for the Disabled.
Here he helped invent gadgets and mechanisms for disabled people who had a desire to do a specific task.
His contribution to such a great organisation saw him named the Volunteer of the Year for the Hornsby Hills Region a few years ago.
Everyone at Glenhaven is inspired by Geoff’s humble nature and intelligence.
And everyone now with a little extra, not-so-common, knowledge to share with their friends and families.
Photo by Steven Siewert, Sydney Morning Herald.