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.
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There is a fantastic and ever growing collection of
books, donated by local residents, both past and present, in the
. If you have a Friday afternoon
free in Carnamah you could spend the whole time looking through our
books and magazines!
Besides those mentioned above there are other groups of books. Some are
specifically for scouts and guides, some for farmers, for bakers, for
mechanics, and for Church goers. There are books on Australian history
and travel. Our collection of books on the two World Wars is growing.
For help with raising the family there are books on cookery, sewing,
mothercraft, medicine and first aid. The old first aid books are
fascinating - they list some treatments that are definitely no longer
recommended! We have some sheet music. There are old popular novels by
various authors The Museum has a couple of sets of bulky encyclopaedias
that had to be updated when the family could afford it. This is no
longer necessary as everyone has access to up to date information on the
Our largest collection is of Children’s books. For the very young we
rescued some Little Golden Books from the Carnamah Red Cross Shop before
it closed. The old school textbooks may strike the students of today are
excessively dull. We have some Children’s Annuals. There is a set of
Biggles books donated by the Camac family. Most of the Enid Blyton books
were mine. They are still popular though not without detractors. I think
one book was banned in Queensland because Noddy drove his taxi through a
My favourites in the collection are books on Royalty. I grew up before
idols were made of pop stars, singers and top sportsmen. Our outside
interest was centred on the Royal Family. We saved photos, magazines,
cards and newspaper items and bought books about the Royal Family
including their visits to Australia.