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2013/107/1 Domestic cookbooks (26), paper, various authors and publishers, Australia, Canada, United States of America, New Zealand, 1921-1969. Click to enlarge.

Twenty-six domestic cookery books

  • 1921-1969
A nation's gastronomy is a clear expression of culture, ideology, environment, health and education, origin, and economy. The gastronomy of the Commonwealth's antipodean countries has gone from hunter-gatherer and subsistence farming pre-colonisation, to multicultural and multifarious. In the years after the First World War, then the Second World War and directly after, the nations of New Zealand and Australia, like their European colonisers, faced shrinking economies, shortages of certain …


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Object Statement

Domestic cookbooks (26), paper, various authors and publishers, Australia, Canada, United States of America, New Zealand, 1921-1969

Physical Description

Collection of twenty-six books, mainly cookbooks, including two editions of the New Zealand cookbook 'Edmonds "Sure to Rise" Cookery Book' and several editions of 'Enquire Within'. The collection also includes a short biography about Florence Nightingale, titled 'Soldiers' Heroine'.



  • 1921-1969


The books in this collection were published by various publishing companies, primary producers, domestic appliance manufacturers, schools and education boards, community groups, and individuals in Australia, the United States of America, Canada and New Zealand, between 1921 and 1969.



The owner of this collection of cookery books was born on New Zealand in 1931. She was an only child, and a gifted musician; the family was part of the Seventh Day Adventist church, and she was active in the church as a music teacher, something she also practiced outside the church. Her father was a soldier in the First World War, and as evidenced by the book 'The Disabled Men's Association Recipe Book' was very likely injured in the war. The family moved to Australia in 1950, and settled in the Sydney suburb of Concord. The owner of the books lived alone after her parents passed, and when she herself passed in October 2012, she left her estate to the Wesley Mission. These cookery books were identified by employees of the Wesley Mission, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum in 2013.


Credit Line

Gift of Wesley Mission, 2013

Acquisition Date

20 October 2013

Cite this Object


Twenty-six domestic cookery books 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 June 2022, <>


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