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Colonial fare: In which we learn of the amazing fortune and fate of pioneering women who ventured from their kitchens at home to embark upon a new life in the unknown territory of New Zealand / Jill Brewis.

Published in 1992.
179 pages : illustrated, 22 x 25 cm.

Sketches and paintings of early New Zealand show the landscape, occasionally with men or animals in it, but never depicting women and domestic life. What happened to European women after they arrived in the raw colony.

From their letters, diaries and cookbooks, their story emerges. Colonial Fare records their struggles to find housing, food and friends. We learn how they kept food fresh without a refrigerator, how illnesses were treated without antibiotics and how they found entertainment without radio, tv or movies.

Pioneering women worked hard, often at backbreaking tasks like washing clothes without running water (let alone hot) or humping heavy iron cooking pots, and yet they recounted their happenings with humour and incredible optimism. Some of their problems were unique: keeping the yeast alive, churning butter from pigeon fat, storing candles where rats would not eat them. Other problems are the same as women face today: bearing loneliness and isolation, coping with culinary disasters, having the right clothes for the occasion and finding time to read.

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