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Christmas puddings: when age-old customs meet decimal currency

In April 1966, Miss Una Clarkson, Miss Barbara Lynch and Mrs Strachan conducted experiments on a set of six Christmas puddings. Half were steamed, and the other half were boiled. Following an age-old tradition, the three cooks carefully inserted in … Continue reading

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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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Biscuits for morning tea

This week, a work colleague will be leaving us for six months to embark on a very exiting project in Queensland. So obviously we have to have a special morning tea for her send-off! Time to start baking… I found … 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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Take vitamins and stop wetting the bed!

Could vitamins really stop bedwetting? Cure baldness? Rheumatoid arthritis? Extend your life to 125? According to a series of booklets held in the National Archives, vitamins could achieve all these things and much, much more. The discovery of vitamins, and … Continue reading

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Now that there’s a Sunbeam Mixmaster in your life…

I bought one of these from a flea market when I was a student. It was very old, extraordinarily hefty, and the engine would start smoking on occasion. But I had to own it because it was a design classic. … Continue reading

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Food and Sex: searching for ‘the answer’

The year is 1913, and you’re walking through the Domain. There’s a crowd gathering around a strangely-dressed man, so you go over to listen. He’s reading from a book: ‘Coitus impairs the proper function of the skin … The nerves … Continue reading

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