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Account Book - 'Central Kitchen Orders', Enterprise Hostel, Springvale,1973-1974 Document Reg. No: HT 24133

Summary:
Account book used to record the menus for the period of 16 February 1973 to 14 June 1974 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. It also includes loose pages at the beginning of the book recording the Sweets Menu for Victorian hostels in June 1972 and April 1973. The sweets which included puddings, cakes, slices, tarts and rolls were pre-prepared and ordered in advance.

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. There is a sense of relief in some of these notes such as: "Occupancy up 27 … no costs, problem at the moment/ no complaints, all is well".
Description:
Blue 'V.C. product' Account Book, lined pages, records handwritten in pen.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victor Sikich, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 325 mm (Height), 200 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: migrant hostels, migrant reception centres, assisted immigration, immigration, settlement, refugees, wars conflicts, -1
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Commonwealth Hostels
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: administration
Inscriptions: Inscription: hand written in blue pen, 'Central Kitchen Orders/ "ENTERPRISE"/ w/c 16.2.73.
User: Commonwealth Hostels Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1973-1974
Place & Date Used: Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, 1973-1974
References: '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

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