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The formal definition of Australiana is Australian books,furniture and paintings of historical interest. lt also includes Biily Tea, vegemite, Aeroplane jelly, damper etc. In other words things that are of interest and importance to Australians.
Campers in the bush make Billy tea over an open fire in any utensil, usually a tin can.
Gumleaves are placed in the boiling tea to infuse their natural flavor into the brew.
Billy Tea can be purchased from the shop today. Remember to put a fire green gumleaf in before you drink it.
Australians have always loved their beer, but there is a by product from the brewing process which increases in volume and ultimately becomes a problem, i.e., what do we do with Brewers Yeast? Well, make it into a tasty food and call it vegemite.
Opals were first discovered at tarrawilla cattle station, near Adelaide, in 1849. They were very brightly colored compared to opals found in South America and Hungary. There was demand for them, so they were put on the world market in the 1890s.
Australians eat 250 million pies a year. That's around 13 a year each. In fact there would not be a town in Australia where you could not buy a hot pie, either pre-packaged or freshly baked. Hot pies remain the biggest selling favourite at sporting events and festivals throughout Australia.
Bert Appleroth went into shops selling jelly crystals. Sales were good so he started up a business making jelly crystals in a Paddington shed, NSW. Aviation was new in the 1920s thus his product was named Aeroplane Jelly. An Australian icon, ten million packets are sold every year.
Since 1770 staples had to be transported from England. These staples included flour, tea and sugar. Cooking was done on a camp fire kindled from whatever was lying around - leaves, sticks, logs. Flour was mixed with baking powder, salt and water, then placed in a pan. This Australiana icon was Damper.
This mobile food is a fry-up of chicken meat and vegetables in a soft, chewy pastry. It can be fried, steamed or cooked in an oven.
It is an icon cordial for youngsters in Australia. Though the drink is sweet, children love it. Notably, it leaves a stain around the lips.
A pesky little insect is a cartoon character who sings a song about the power of Mortein. He was first seen on black and white television.
This little song was written with the One Day World Series Cricket in mind. It was a promotional song that is widely remembered.
An interesting dessert was created by Bert Sachse at tbe Espanade Hotel, Perth. The date of origin was initially recorded as 1935.
The lamington is layer of sponge covered with chocolate sauce, coated with desiccated coconut, cream and strawberry jam.
Black Prince on Clyde
Voyage de Decouvertes
Charles A. Lesueur
The era of art in Modern Australia began in the late 18th century.
Red Silky Oak
E. Von Guerard
The most sought after Australiana is impressionist painting which began in 1865.
Down on Luck
A Winter Sunday..