We are what we read!
This exhibition takes an interesting look at a small
selection of the old books and publications housed on the shelves at our
Left: The old woman, her 15 children and their shoe-house from
Lottie Gorn’s book Favourite Nursery Rhymes
. There was no
shoe-house to be found in Carnamah, however,
Mrs Annie Niven
Farm also had an
impressively large family of 15 children.
There was an old woman
who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children,
she didn’t know what to do.
She gave them some broth
without any bread,
She whipped them all
and put them to bed.
Broth, you say? Perhaps it was sheep’s head broth that the old women
who lived in a shoe gave the children?
It’s really quite easy. All you need is one sheep’s head, three
quarts of cold water, a carrot, onion, a quarter of a pound of pearl
barley, a tablespoon of chopped parsley and of course some salt and
"Remove the brains from the head, and put them on one side, as if
skinned and chopped and added to an omelette they will be a great
improvement to it. Wash the head and tongue very carefully; remove
the eyes, the small bones from the nostrils, and all hairy parts."
Right: Anchor Cookery Book
. The full recipe for sheep’s head
broth can be found in the soups section! If broth is not really
your thing, perhaps something lighter to read?
What Katy Did Next is the inspiringly titled sequel to What Katy Did. We’re
not going to ruin the fun by divulging everything that Katy did, or
what she did next, but we will say that it included seasickness,
tasteless muffins and a lot of English rain.
What Katy Did Next was written by American children’s
author Sarah Chauncey Woolsey under the pen-name of Susan Coolidge.
It was first published in 1886 and was later translated into
Finnish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish and Portuguese. In those
languages it was called Katyn myöhemmät toimet, Hva Katy gjorde
siden, Что Кейти делала потом, Vad Katy gjorde sedan and O que Katy
fez a seguir.
Mementos often become bookmarks and many remain in
books long after reading has finished. This small card and five
pence stamp from 1959 were found within the pages of What Katy Did
. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s inflation calculator
advises that the equivalent stamp in 2016 would be for four cents -
so you'll now need 25 of them for a letter!
Anyway, that’s more than enough about Katy
. How about some home
was a store in Perth that sold just about
everything. For those located far away from shops their mail-order
catalogues became unofficially known as the farmer’s bible
in Carnamah and surrounding districts would post their order to
Perth and it would be sent up by train on the
Items within the hefty Bairds catalogue in 1939 included
hardware, building supplies, tools, fencing, seeds, small
agricultural machinery, sporting equipment, bikes, fishing
equipment, pipes, cigarette lighters, razors, household furniture,
fridges, ovens, fireplaces, hot water systems, blinds, curtains,
clocks, crystal glassware, pots and pans, toys, clothes, perfume,
stationery, tinned and fresh fruit, vegetables, groceries,
confectionary, biscuits, cakes, sauces and even firearms – rifles,
guns and revolvers!
These days Carnamah has a bit of a mosquito problem during summer.
Bairds had the perfect solution to keep your child
protected. Presenting: The Flyproof Mosquito Proof Safe Baby's
Cot. It could have been all yours for 90 shillings, which with
inflation is $341.99 in 2016.
We’d now like to divert your attention to wearable books! This
brooch is in fact a tiny book that contains photos of landmarks and
sights in Paris, France. It's from the 1950s and was previously owned by
Mrs Gert Allen
of Mi Blu
Farm in Winchester, South Carnamah.
If fashion is your thing, you might be interested in the iconic book
by Ellen and Marietta Resek.
After all, who doesn't like their dressmaking to be successful!?
Or would you care to write a letter instead?
The Western Australia Post Office Directory
by H. Wise & Company from 1895 to 1949 and included the addresses of
many people throughout WA – alphabetically for the state, by town
and also by street address for Perth and Kalgoorlie.
The directories can be viewed online on the website of the
State Library of Western Australia
Below is the entry for Winchester in 1937-38, which lists mostly farmers and a
few railway workers.
The two lines at the top reveal that Winchester was 172 miles
north of Perth by rail, was a district that could be contacted by
telephone and had a population of 178.
The populations of other nearby places in 1937-38 were: Arrino 214,
Bunjil 50, Coorow and Waddy Forest 292, Carnamah 1497, Gunyidi 75,
Latham 250, Mingenew 811, Perenjori 1412, Three Springs 879 and
Another great historic directory was the
Royal Automobile Club
(R.A.C.) Year Book & Road Guide which listed the owner of every
registered car and truck across WA. You can now search these in our
Early WA Motor Vehicle Registrations
If you were a seafaring pirate suffering from scurvy, it's a shame you
didn't have a copy of The Family Physician Home Remedies
book by Caxton Publishing. As shown on the left, it listed
lemons as a useful remedy for a number of ailments, including
Scurvy is a chronic deficiency in Vitamin C and usually occurs if
you don't eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Aside from those out at
sea it also afflicted a number of people on exploration, surveying and
cattle moving expeditions in remote parts of Australia during the
Books have and continue to be used as gifts and awards.
This copy of The Coral Island
by R. M. Ballantyne was
awarded to Bill Turner
recognition of his progress at the Carnamah State School in 1921.
The Coral Island
was first published in 1857 and follows
the adventures of three boys marooned on an island. It was inspired
by Daniel Defoe's book Robinson Crusoe
, which was
influenced by the real-life marooning of Alexander Selkirk.
Marchagee farmer Pete Thomson
a descendant of Selkirk's brother, served
as president of the Carnamah
District Road Board
and the Shire of Coorow!
Above: The Countryman newspaper - something for the
man on the land! The paper began as The Western Mail in
1885 but was renamed The Countryman in 1955.
Right: A striking issue of The Australian Women's Weekly
from 1961. We’ve shared a summary of its feature story below.
The things MEN wish WOMEN wouldn't do...
"Men and women have never understood each other and never really
will. We seem to be engaged in the only campaign in history that has
never been won by either side, and about the one thing to be said
for it is: it is a delightful war."
Men wish that women wouldn't try to find out so much, keep
asking for emotional reassurance, constantly try to make them
over or try to be like them.
Finally, there is something men wish women would do… "They wish
women would be happy."
Women wish that men wouldn’t be so maddeningly reasonable or get
tired of saying "I love you". As a matter of fact, women wish
men wish men wouldn't find it so hard to speak.
Women wish that men would not stop being heroes or be so
inconsistent about what they want in a woman.
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