Category Archives: ACT

Grocery shops were different then…

Where exactly was the Hayes and Russell grocery store? Do you know? Looking at these National Archives’ photos of the interior of the Hayes and Russell grocery store, I realise that grocery shopping in Canberra’s 1920s and 30s would have … Continue reading

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When dinner is a royal occassion

There must be something about the Queen that inspires the people to eat food. Special food, mind you – the sort that goes by the name ‘banquet’ and is accompanied by a souvenir menu. What is it about this woman … Continue reading

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Flighty Amy Johnson and her stodgy lunch

Who, flying into Canberra in 1930 for lunch, was so important that the sheep were specially cleared from the Duntroon aerodrome field? The wonderful Amy Johnson, that’s who! In 1930, Amy Johnson captured the hearts and imagination of Australians when … Continue reading

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Cold War Espionage and Unionist Dinners

After Soviet Diplomat Vladimir Petrov defected to Australia in 1954, a Royal Commission on Espionage was set up to investigate the validity of the information he had handed to the Australian government. What has this got to do with food? … Continue reading

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