A Commonwealth Festival Perth 2011 Event
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You like potato and I like potahto...

You like potato and I like potahto, You like tomato and I like tomahto, Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto! Let's call the whole thing off! - George and Ira Gershwin

On past occasions of State importance, members of the Royal Family have attended formal luncheons and dinners in their honour.  Discussion of dietary requirements, seating arrangement preferences and personal musical tastes of some members of Royalty allows us the privilege of access to the private side to their personalities.

One document from the Commonwealth of Australia’s Royal Visit Office to the Premier’s Office in Western Australia concerns the visit by the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward the Eighth, and provides an intriguing insight into his tastes for modern American culture. 

The evolving Jazz music of the 1920s clearly suited, and was enjoyed by, the gregarious, fun loving personality of the Prince. It was within the playful spirit and enjoyment of parties that The Prince of Wales was to later meet Mrs Wallis Simpson leading to great implications for the future of the British Monarchy. 




I miss the Mississippi Miss that misses me courtesy of the Cylinder Preservation and Digitisation Project, University of California, Santa Barbara Library.

Mississippi Miss was suggested as being a suited to the Prince’s tastes since it was on the ‘brighter side of music’ and one of the ‘latest tunes’ having been released as a cylinder recording by Edison Records 1918. 

In Cairo courtesy of the Cylinder Preservation and Digitisation Project, University of California, Santa Barbara Library.

In contrast to the musical selection suggested for her uncle’s visit in 1920, the music scheduled for the Parliamentary Dinner in honour of Her Majesty The Queen in 1954 reflected a rather more conservative inclination for pieces written by Commonwealth composers and traditional songs from Britain dating back to the seventeenth century.


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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