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Account Book - 'Central Kitchen Orders', Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, 1971 Reg. No: HT 24132
- Account book used to record the menus for the period of October 1971 to February 1973 at Enterprise Hostel in Springvale. It includes details for four menus. One of the set menus was provided each week and after four weeks the cycle of menus was repeated.
On the first day of the menu, Commonwealth Hostels Limited served: Breakfast, poached cod; Lunch, fish cakes or beef hot pot, Dinner, fried fish or haricot ox tail. The meals offered were largely traditional British fare with some European influences, such as 'savoury spaghetti'. Cooks and chefs at the hostels were often earlier immigrants to Australia, and they played a part in altering the types of food traditionally provided at the hostels.
The back of the Account Book contains a record of the weights and prices for each food item, hostel occupancy numbers and notes about the available stores of food items and about the consumption of certain food items. One of the jobs of catering managers was to keep prices to a minimum and the notes are a record of the pressure to reduce expenditure and provide for fluctuating numbers of new arrivals.
- Blue 'V.C. product' Account Book, lined pages, records handwritten in pen.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
|Dimensions:||325 mm (Height), 200 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||migrant hostels, migrant reception centres, assisted immigration, immigration, settlement, refugees, wars conflicts|
|Themes this item is part of:||Migration Collection, Commonwealth Hostels|
|Secondary Classification:||Accommodation - Hostels|
|Inscriptions:||Inscription: hand written in blue pen, 'Central Kitchen Orders/ "ENTERPRISE"/ w/c 8.10.71'|
|User:||Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1971|
|Place & Date Used:||Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, 1971|
This collection is also accompanied by a small archive consisting of company magazines, financial documents, and material relating to personnel and residents.
'A worthwhile Enterprise: the migrant hostel in Springvale', Exhibition Catalogue, Museum Victoria (2009); Powerhouse Museum website: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/search_tags.php?tag=migrant+hostel; Migration Heritage Centre website: http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/ ; Agency Notes for CA 1649 "Commonwealth Hostels Limited, Central Office", National Archives Australia: http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/AgencyDetail.asp?M=3&B=CA+1649