The times, they are a’changing ..

We at Rubber and Plastics have been at our current location for the whole of our lives.  Seriously!  When the business first started around 70 years ago, it was at this very location.  We sold all manner of things rubber and plastic, even originally including car tyres!!!

Now, we feel that we have matured, grown, expanded and entered a new era.  One that can only allow us to go forward if we start afresh.

So, we’re moving!  We have found an exciting new premises to operate from, and it’s just around the corner, so you don’t have to travel too far!

We have been busy organising the interior of our new store to allow us to have separate departments for our lines, and we have been having some fun choosing colours of our new signage!!

So, in the next couple of weeks Mt. Gambier Rubber & Plastics will be closing the doors on Commercial Street forever ………… and then reopening at 1a Compton Street!!!  How exciting!  We will post pics as soon as we can of our new shop so you will know what to look for!  Having said that, with the colour scheme we have chosen, you won’t have to look too hard!!

Looking forward to providing our good old fashioned personal service to you all, whilst offering new and exciting up to date merchandise 🙂  We will still be carrying our trademark foam, mattresses, overlays, fancy dress items, BATA rubber boots, genuine Australian sheepskin UGG boots and moccasins, hoses, flooring solutions rubber strips etc., but we are always on the lookout for other quirky, fun, useful items that ensure we remain Mt. Gambier’s “most unusual store”.

Oh, and we will also be on the NBN and have a cordless EFTPOS machine!  It’s the little things that put a smile on our faces 🙂

If you have any questions, give us a call.  Or better still – come and see us!

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Shiny and new!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A man named Valentinus was martyred on February 14 late in the third century A.D.—this much we know. But when it comes to details about the life of St. Valentine, legend often supersedes fact. As you celebrate this Valentine’s Day, find out the truth about the man for whom the day is named, as well as some other intriguing facts about history’s most romantic holiday.

1. The St. Valentine who inspired the holiday may have been two different men.
Officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, St. Valentine is known to be a real person who died around A.D. 270. However, his true identity was questioned as early as A.D. 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who referred to the martyr and his acts as “being known only to God.” One account from the 1400s describes Valentine as a temple priest who was beheaded near Rome by the emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples wed. A different account claims Valentine was the Bishop of Terni, also martyred by Claudius II on the outskirts of Rome. Because of the similarities of these accounts, it’s thought they may refer to the same person. Enough confusion surrounds the true identity of St. Valentine that the Catholic Church discontinued liturgical veneration of him in 1969, though his name remains on its list of officially recognized saints.

2. In all, there are about a dozen St. Valentines, plus a pope.
The saint we celebrate on Valentine’s Day is known officially as St. Valentine of Rome in order to differentiate him from the dozen or so other Valentines on the list. Because “Valentinus”—from the Latin word for worthy, strong or powerful—was a popular moniker between the second and eighth centuries A.D., several martyrs over the centuries have carried this name. The official Roman Catholic roster of saints shows about a dozen who were named Valentine or some variation thereof. The most recently beatified Valentine is St. Valentine Berrio-Ochoa, a Spaniard of the Dominican order who travelled to Vietnam, where he served as bishop until his beheading in 1861. Pope John Paul II canonized Berrio-Ochoa in 1988. There was even a Pope Valentine, though little is known about him except that he served a mere 40 days around A.D. 827.

3. Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers and epilepsy, among many other things.
Saints are certainly expected to keep busy in the afterlife. Their holy duties include interceding in earthly affairs and entertaining petitions from living souls. In this respect, St. Valentine has wide-ranging spiritual responsibilities. People call on him to watch over the lives of lovers, of course, but also for interventions regarding beekeeping and epilepsy, as well as the plague, fainting and traveling. As you might expect, he’s also the patron saint of engaged couples and happy marriages.

4. You can find Valentine’s skull in Rome.
The flower-adorned skull of St. Valentine is on display in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. In the early 1800s, the excavation of a catacomb near Rome yielded skeletal remains and other relics now associated with St. Valentine. As is customary, these bits and pieces of the late saint’s body have subsequently been distributed to reliquaries around the world. You’ll find other bits of St. Valentine’s skeleton on display in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland, England and France.

5. Chaucer may have invented Valentine’s Day.
The medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer often took liberties with history, placing his poetic characters into fictitious historical contexts that he represented as real. No record exists of romantic celebrations on Valentine’s Day prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375. In his work “Parliament of Foules,” he links a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine’s feast day–an association that didn’t exist until after his poem received widespread attention. The poem refers to February 14 as the day birds (and humans) come together to find a mate. When Chaucer wrote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate,” he may have invented the holiday we know today.

6. You can celebrate Valentine’s Day several times a year.
Because of the abundance of St. Valentines on the Roman Catholic roster, you can choose to celebrate the saint multiple times each year. Besides February 14, you might decide to celebrate St. Valentine of Viterbo on November 3. Or maybe you want to get a jump on the traditional Valentine celebration by feting St. Valentine of Raetia on January 7. Women might choose to honour the only female St. Valentine (Valentina), a virgin martyred in Palestine on July 25, A.D. 308. The Eastern Orthodox Church officially celebrates St. Valentine twice, once as an elder of the church on July 6 and once as a martyr on July 30.


Hello, and welcome to our new blog!  It is hoped that you will find a host of useful information here.  There will be snippets of information about our products, about our store, about happenings in our local area.  We look forward to making this a fun place for you to visit, and hope to see you here often!

For starters, we have just had our local Christmas Pageant.  It was a glorious sunny day, and Commercial Street was full of happy children, parents and grandparents alike, enjoying the colourful sights and sounds of a fantastic, much anticipated event!

Who wouldn’t want this hanging from the chimney?

The bands were wonderful, the floats were great and of course, Santa has now arrived in town!

He’s HERE!!!!

Get your Christmas party on by having a look at our fancy dress items – we have the old familiar Santa hats, elf hats, reindeer antlers, plus a whole range of other varieties of costume accessories.  Pop in and see what we have to offer!