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2008/165/2 Recipe book, home made, paper, maker unknown, Australia, 1931-1949. Click to enlarge.

Home made recipe book

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1931-1949.
By the last quarter of the 1800s, recipe books were becoming increasingly popular as emphasis was placed on the importance of food in creating and maintaining an harmonious household. The first Australian cookbook, by 'an Australian Aristologist', was published in 1860 and was quickly followed by a range of less formal works, many written by women. The Museum's collection includes a number of home-made recipe books. These are of particular interest as they indicate the types of food prepared in the average household. This recipe book is typical with its mix of hand-written recipes garnered from friends and family and recipes torn out of magazines.

Kimberley Webber
February 2008


Object No.


Object Statement

Recipe book, home made, paper, maker unknown, Australia, 1931-1949

Physical Description

Small leather-bound faint-ruled book, with marbled inside covers and edges and an indented alphabetic index. Hand-drawn black cat as frontispiece, and hand-written title page reads 'Recipes / December 8th 1931/ Rewritten RP'.

Contains hand-written recipes, in two different hands, up to the letter F, and inserts of recipes torn from publications including Australian Women's Weekly (1949), some pasted in.

In a different hand are entries for street names, and some addresses of businesses. Some pages torn out.



155 mm


100 mm


15 mm



Australia, Oceania 1931-1949


It is not known who made this recipe book.



This recipe book came from the estate of Raymond W Phillips. His father, Arthur, had been a gold and silver merchant. In 1920 the family moved from Willoughby to Latimer Road, Bellevue Hill. A bachelor, Raymond Phillips remained in the house after his parents' death. He worked for Consolidated Press as a rotogravure operator and was responsible for the covers of the Australian Women's Weekly.


Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Raymond W Phillips, 2008

Acquisition Date

13 August 2008

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