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Bottling department

The bottling department at Greenlees Brothers' bonded warehouse beneath the railway arches in Osborne Street, c 1890. The department's windows looked on to King Street.

The slate vat on the iron columns above the heads of the workers contained three separate compartments, each with steam driven "agitating apparatus" to help mix the whisky and, it was believed, to assist the "mellowing" process. Whisky from each compartment was piped to one of the filtering vessels on the right of the picture. From the filtering vessels' it was then was run through pipes to the bottling machines. Up to 500 dozen bottles were filled in the department each day.

The women in the picture are attaching labels to the bottles. The man in the centre is working with a machine which drives corks into the bottle necks.

Reproduced courtesy of Iain Russell

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