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Life was cheap…food was dear.

The first home to many of the early European settlers, from the tall ships, 200 odd years ago, was a tent in the bush or a wattle and a daub hut. Some lived in caves even trees big enough to burn out a base shelter within.

Gradually, as living conditions improved, the methods of cooking and storage altered too. The cooking area and store area were kept away from the main camp. The cooking area would include a stores area. Food was stored high in trees, in rivers and in caves for coldness. Dry food stores were stored off the ground and as secure as the storage of such could be made. Other camp cooking gadgets assisted in the cooking preparation, serving and storage. These methods of ‘food survival’ have been passed down through many generations of Guiding.  Going on camp reflected the pioneering ways of food storage and cooking.

Initially cooking was usually done on a fire which had two iron bars across the top, where the kettle and the saucepans sat. When times and finances improved and settlers settled in an area cooking was done on a colonial oven which needed a fire under and over the cooking chamber.

The cooking was mainly of Irish, Scottish and English based recipes. Initially the recipes that suited the stomach and life of these European settlers. The meat was what ever could be shot or trapped. In times of extreme need recipes started to become varied as local knowledge and food types were supplemented.  But the tastes were still far from changing.  After all the settlers were British, they were from, and still thought to be part of their “Mother Country”.  Australia was part of the Commonwealth. For the tastes to change many intrinsic changes of mind had to be grown up with.  Change, like technology and knowledge, was gradually coming about. Gas fridges and electricity had not been invented or refined for use after all.

There was a difference between cooking in the capital cities and in the country where supplies had to be brought great distances.

In the outback, bullock teams would transport rations to the homesteads to last six months or more.  Flour was in 150 pound bags, sugar in 70 pound bags and vinegar was in barrels.  (Work it out just over 2 pounds per kilo).

To catch a thief many ways were devised.  Once a sack was opened the cook may have tied the sack up with a “Thief Knot”.  A reef knot tied backwards.

While food was cheap by present day standards – a whole sheep being 4 shillings and 6 pence (45 cents) fowls 4 pence (about 5 cents) – food was highly valued.

So, in those early settlement days of 1853, the physical penalty for stealing 3 pence worth of flour (about 500 grams) was 200 strokes of the lash. The unseen penalty was the family being i=ostricised from the community. Shame and disrepute settled on many families like a yoke ..to heavy to shift, draining the life from the family.  Many of whom disappeared into the bush hoping to disappear and if possible to set up camp else where.

So while life was cheap and food was dear Australia was being ‘discovered’ but the European settlers.  Who in turn forced the life police on to the Australian Aboriginals.  The cycle kept generating.

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May 4, 2010 Posted by | Australia, Australia Day, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Australia Day … Yes I’m Cool.

Australia Day 2009 [written by one of the Youth Guides]

On the 26th of January 2009 Churchill and Hazelwood Guides made their way over to the Churchill community hall, to start the Australia Day ceremony. We started the ceremony with the colour party coming forward, this year I got out of colour party and instead I took some magnificent photos. The colour party then had to raise the flag (Although they only had to do was pull a string to release the flag). After the flag got put up we sang the Australian National Anthem.

May 4, 2010 Posted by | Australia Day, Austrralia Day 2009, Take part in, Uncategorized, Write | , | 3 Comments

Australia Days

Over the years there have been different ways the Guides have assisted with Australia Day celebrations.  The assistance needed may be reading a Prayer, leading the songs, giving out the flags to the public or being in the Color party either as color bearers or raising the Australian flag.  Sometimes Guides are invited to Melbourne to attend in the celebrations there, other times the District has gone into Morwell for the Citizenship Presentations.  Most times the local Churchill Celebrations are attended. To check out these posts just click and read on

Pre – Australia Day 2011

Previous years:

2010 : On the day and prep work.

2009 On the day and prep information and work

2008

April 18, 2010 Posted by | Australia Day, Austrralia Day 2009, People, Practical, Self | Leave a comment

Australia Day in Melbourne

Australia Day celebrated as a State Event in Melbourne. This event has the Guides carrying a large Australian Flag. For this the day is primarily aimed at the BP’s, Queens Guide’s and OBPs presented the previous year. The years that I took Guides down who had achieved these Peak Achievement we had a ball. At the end of the march there we were in Government gardens joining in the festivities.

Full Uniform is worn. Take drink bottles full of water and sun hats. Make sure you are well fed before the ceremonies begin.

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Australia Day, BP, Calendar, Event, Flag, Government House, Melbourne, OBP, QG, Service, Uniform. | Leave a comment

Australia Day Jan 26th in Hazelood and Churchill shopping Centre.

Starting usually a 7am this local event is now being held at the Hazelwood and Churchill shopping Center. (theory of this is great) As a Hazelwood and Churchill Event it is open to all aged Guiding personal and members. Event permission forms should be handed to the Guide Leader in Charge of the Guides on the day… signed by parent or carrer.

Previous years we have been asked to face paint as an activity while people eat and catch up with friends. Other times there have been odd jobs like the handing out of flags, song sheets, readings, hoisting the flag / color party [with Scouts].

One draw back here is that we usally do not get finalisation of anything until the week before. When we do it will be posted here. So keep an eye out and email us when if you think you are coming.

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Australia Day, Calendar, Churchill, Color, Event, family, Flag, Hazelwood, Service, Tradition, Unifrom | Leave a comment

Australia Day 2010

We are going to go to Austrralia Day in Churchill Shopping center next year.  That means we are there for a 7am start.  Breakfast starts at about 8.30 am.  So we are to have Breakfast at home first.  And take a drink bottle down with us.

Next week the District will have some uniforms for us to have until we grow out of them.  Hope they all fit.

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Australia Day, Calendar, Uniform. | Leave a comment

Australia Day Melbourne

Australia Day celebrated as a State Event in Melbourne. This event has the Guides carrying a large Australian Flag. For this the day is primarily aimed at the BP’s, Queens Guide’s and OBPs presented the previous year. The years that I took Guides down who had achieved these Peak Achievement we had a ball. At the end of the march there we were in Government gardens joining in the festivities.

Full Uniform is worn. Take drink bottles full of water and sun hats. Make sure you are well fed before the ceremonies begin.

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Australia Day, Calendar, Flag, Government, Melbourne | Leave a comment

Australia Day 2009

Starting usually a 7am this local event is now being held at the Hazelwood and Churchill Shopping Center. (theory of this is great) As a Hazelwood and Churchill Event it is open to all aged Guiding personal and members. Event permission forms should be handed to the Guide Leader in Charge of the Guides on the day… signed by parent or carrer.

Previous years we have been asked to face paint as an activity while people eat and catch up with friends. Other times there have been odd jobs like the handing out of flags, song sheets, readings, raising the flag / colour party [with Scouts], even taking photos.

One draw back here is that we usally do not get finalisation of anything until the week before. When we do it will be posted here. So keep an eye out and email us when if you think you are coming.

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Australia Day, Calendar, Churchill, Citizenship, Color Party, Flag, Protocol, Public-speaking, Service, Uniform. | 1 Comment

Australia Day Jan 26th at the Churchill Public Hall.

Starting usually a 7am this local event is now being held at the Churchill Public Hall Entrance. Pre 2009 there were different places but it was mainly  in the Hazelwood and Churchill Shopping Center area. [behind the memorial wall, [cigar] behind the saloon bar [no longer there] in the car park…. (theory of this is great)] Or even at Gaskin Park (2008).

As a Hazelwood and Churchill Event it is open to all aged Guiding personal and members. Event permission forms should be handed to the Guide Leader in Charge of the Guides on the day… signed by parent or carrer.

Previous years we have been asked to face paint as an activity while people eat and catch up with friends.  Other times there have been odd jobs like the handing out of flags, song sheets, readings, hoisting the flag / colour party [with Scouts].

The Guides are also asked to record their experiance. Drawing, telling, phographing or writing about them are different methods used.

One draw back here is that we ususally do not get finalisation of anything until the week before.  When we do it will be posted here.  So keep an eye out and email us wh

en if you think you are coming.

November 14, 2009 Posted by | Australia Day, BP, Color Party, Create, Explore, full uniform, Hoisting the flag, JBP, OBP, QG, Service | Leave a comment

Australia Day in Melbourne

Australia Day celebrated as a State Event in Melbourne. This event has the Guides carrying a large Australian Flag.  For this the day is primarily aimed at the BP’s, Queens Guide’s and OBPs presented the previous year.  The years that I took Guides down who had achieved these Peak Achievement we had a ball.  At the end of the march there we were in Government gardens joining in the festivities.

Full Uniform is worn.  Take drink bottles full of water and sun hats.  Make sure you are well fed before the ceremonies begin.

November 14, 2009 Posted by | Australia Day, Color Party, Create, Explore, Flags, full uniform, Lord Baden- Powell, OBP, QG, recognition | Leave a comment