Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Was it lamb?

In recent years Meat and Livestock Australia has run an Australia Day campaign in which Australians are exhorted to eat lamb on Australia Day.

The following video advertises the campaign:

Trove tells me that way back in 1818 when the colony of New South Wales was celebrating its 30th anniversary "Artificers and Labourers in the immediate Service of Government be exempted from Work on Monday next, in Honor of the memorable Occasion; and that each of them receive an extra Allowance of One Pound of Fresh Meat as a Donation from Government".

I wonder if that included my convict ancestors who were toiling for the government. If they received the donation I doubt that it was fresh, juicy lamb.

1818 'GOVERNMENT AND GENERAL ORDERS.', The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), 24 January, p. 1, viewed 25 January, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2177714

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill, the lamb advert has caused a bit of chat on social media. I enjoyed it.


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