A Commonwealth Festival Perth 2011 Event
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The best laid plans...

Strawberries Romanoff, the dish served as dessert at the Eating the Archives luncheon on 28 October 2011 was directly inspired by a draft menu found in a Premier’s Department file for a planned Dinner at Parliamentary House for the visit of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in March 1974. This archived file [1] and 39 others in the State archives collection detail the preparations for this planned royal visit.

The files reveal that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were to attend various community events including a pageant and tableau presented by 7,000 secondary school students at Beatty Park Aquatic Centre. This was to conclude with a demonstration of surf life saving and diving. [2]

A small file shows that plans were made for the Duke of Edinburgh to receive a visit at Government House from Mr Ralph Sarich “for the purpose of displaying (his) engine and discussing it with His Royal Highness.” [3] Plans for this royal visit also included time set aside to tour Dampier and Paraburdoo in the North West. The archived file reveals a warning that there was:

“1 chance in 4 of a cyclone in Dampier in March
1 chance in 50 of a cyclone on any one day in March” [4]

But notwithstanding this concern, the royal visitors were unable to appear in WA in any case. The 28 February 1974 General Election in the United Kingdom had resulted in a hung parliament and there was a constitutional necessity for The Queen to be present in the UK at this time. The best laid plans …



Image Courtesy of State Library of Western Australia (599B)

The State Records Office invites you to pick up your fork and join us in Eating the Archives - an online exhibition and event that forms part of the Commonwealth Festival Perth 2011.

Witness history come alive on Friday 28 October at 12.00pm in the Perth Cultural Centre as celebrated WA chef Hadleigh Troy of Restaurant Amus√© interprets and reinvents menus from the State archives collection using fresh, local produce with a modern twist. 

Twenty lucky West Australians will join State Archivist Cathrin Cassarchis and some well-known guests to experience Hadleigh Troy’s take on these historic menus.

Eating the Archives is a partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Food; and the dishes presented will reflect a Buy West Eat Best ethos, showcasing premium West Australian produce.

The online exhibition will take you on a culinary journey to experience food fashions of the past and gain an insight into how these events have shaped today’s food culture and informed WA’s identity. This exhibition will be served up in three courses; Appetiser, Banquet and Dessert. Come back and sample more food related offerings from the State archives collection and follow us on our journey.

Eating the Archives is an event for all to celebrate as chef Hadleigh Troy pays tribute to a bygone culinary era, bringing a small part of WA’s history alive through food.

See and hear Hadleigh begin his journey...

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