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Charles Henry Malpas (1899–1982)

Wine buffs have lost a friend who made it possible for them to drink wine cheaply.

Mr Charles Malpas, 82, the man who invented the wine cask, died on New Year's Day at Leopold on the Bellarine Peninsula, about 85 kilometres southwest of Melbourne.

He was given a private funeral last week by his family.

Mr Malpas began work on the wine cask in 1967. In the 10 years since its release, sales have reached 20 million a year.

After the idea was introduced in Australia in 1971 it became a major commercial success and was exported to Europe, America and South Africa.

Mr Malpas is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

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'Malpas, Charles Henry (1899–1982)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 April 2024.

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28 April, 1899
Leicester, Leicestershire, England


1 January, 1982 (aged 82)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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