Alison Wishart will present a lively aspect of Australian food and cookery history in the early 20th century.
Returning WW1 soldiers were encouraged to farm in the Sunraysia district of northern Victoria and NSW, primarily to grow grapes for the dried fruits industry. The government produced five free cookbooks, and various promotions to encourage households to do their patriotic duty by making daily use of the ‘bottled sunshine’ to assist ‘the successful repatriation of large numbers of our returned soldiers’. Alison’s research draws on the collections of museums and particularly the State Library, to reveal a little known social history from between the wars.
Original materials will from the collection be on display. Alison Wishart is a senior curator at the State Library of NSW.