Maffra and District Historical Society

M&DHS operates the Maffra Sugar Beet Museum, part of the Local History Collection at the Maffra Library, and a Dairy Museum at the Robotic Dairy at Winnindoo.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Lottie Jackson's Cookbook

One of Maffra's icons is Lottie Jackson's Victory Cook Book. This was first produced in the 1940s to raise funds for the troops, again in the 1950s to raise funds for the ambulance, in the 1960s for the Swimming Pool (see below), and possibly again in the 1970s. A couple of years ago it was yet again reprinted.

The Society has one copy, probably from the early 1960s, in its possession. This is the title page:


Also in our collection, we have this photograph of Mrs Jackson and an unknown Ambulance officer from Maffra. It is probably from the 1950s, and he appears to be a returned soldier, but we do not know his name. If anyone can help with that, we would deeply appreciate it.


The early 1960s book we have if full of recipes contributed by various Maffra people. And from all over Gippsland. So if you happen to find your grandmother in there, you can have a good idea of her recipes. Sago Souffle, anyone?

There are also the obligatory "Handy Hints". here is a short selection:


If anyone can assist with further memories of Mrs Jackson, or her cook book, we would be glad to hear about them.


Blogger Curvy Kitty said...

Do you have any idea of the year in which the book was first published? It includes a Chinese section written by Phyllis Wang, wife of the Chinese Consul. I know her husband became Consul in 1942, but wondered if you could get any closer to an original publication date?

March 4, 2011 at 12:02 AM  

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