Detail of the the dining room at Elizabeth Bay House 11 August 1987. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums. Photo Andrew Payne Photographix
This week we’re back at Elizabeth Bay House, in one of Sydney’s grandest dining rooms. After the departure of the Macleays, Macarthur-Onslows and Michaelises, its years as a reception house and then as flats, the ‘Lion of Sydney’ began its new life as a house museum. But, as this continuing ‘Then and Now’ series shows, it certainly wasn’t without controversy!
Copy of a sketch of the Queen Victoria Markets Building labelled “The new city markets” (detail) looking SE from the corner of York Street and Market Street towards the Town Hall. © State Archives Office SRC10890
Welcome this week to guest contributor, Heather Hunwick, who takes us into the story of Sydney’s early markets, and from a nostalgic allusion to London’s bustling Leadenhall Market, to the splendid Queen Victoria Building 110 years later.
Kristen Allans ricotta demonstration. Photo © Luisa Brimble for Sydney Living Museums.
If you joined us at Autumn Harvest you may have been part of Kristen Allan’s cheese-making workshop. Everyone was after her ricotta recipe, and she’s been kind enough to share it with us! Continue reading
Its the Autumn Harvest at Rouse Hill House & Farm_Artwork (c) Sydney Living Museums
Well there’s no rest for us! Barely is the the 2019 Eel Festival over at Elizabeth Farm than we’re heading up the Windsor Road to Rouse Hill House for the next event on the SLM food festival – Autumn Harvest!
Gumaroy Newman playing the Yidaki (Didgeridoo) at the 2018 Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm. Photo © Alex Wisser for Sydney Living Museums
Kicking off this year’s Aboriginal Cultural Calendar is our annual Eel Festival on Sunday 3 March at Elizabeth Farm which celebrates the seasonal migration of eels, or burra in local language, into Darug Country. Continue reading
'Moombara' Photograph by Arthur Wigram Allen, 1904. "5.45 pm on the wharf, Jacob having just caught a large conger eel". Moombara was located on Little Turriell Bay at Port Hacking. © State Library New South Wales call number PX*D 575 negative 921
As we gear up for this year’s Eel Festival at Elizabeth Farm on Sunday 3 March, we are exploring the various ways that eels were cooked and eaten in the past. Continue reading
Kylie Douglas, Womandala (detail), Cuttlefish bone. Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018 entry. Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums
The restorative power and ritualised nature of tea, whether elegantly poured from a pot into a fine china cup, or a bag languishing in a mug on a kitchen bench or work-desk gives inspiration to many of the artists who have entered works in the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize. Continue reading
Summer salad vegetables growing in the Vaucluse House kitchen garden Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums
Just as we are all craving fresh salads in these warm summer months, so too were the residents of Susannah Place in The Rocks, in inner urban Sydney – who were likely to dress their salads with the then ubiquitous “salad oil”. Continue reading
A good time had by all! Dickens Fellowship members celebrating Charles Dickens at Vaucluse House Tearooms. Photo © Shane Rozario www.shanerozario.com
Late last year, Vaucluse House Museum and the Vaucluse House Tearooms played host to over 100 Charles Dickens ‘fellows’ – delegates from across the world who gathered in Sydney for the 112th International Dickens Fellowship Conference. The conference theme was ‘Boz in Oz: Charles Dickens’ colonial connections’.
'Christmas Dinner' (detail) by Robert Seymour in 'The Book of Christmas' (1837). Hervey Thomas Kibble, 1837. Image source The British Library, B20070 97
Many Australians today have departed from the conventional trilogy of ham and turkey and plum pudding, in favour of seafood or barbecues with salad, and a cold dessert such as trifle or pavlova. But how ‘traditional’ is our perceived idea of Christmas fare? Continue reading