Mrs. Carroll’s Prize-winning Marrow Honey

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Sydney’s ‘Truth’ newspaper (1890 – 1958) ran a weekly competition for recipes within its ‘Making Good Wives Better’ column, offering ‘substantial cash prizes for the best recipes submitted each week.’ Mrs. G. Carroll of 25 Prospect Street, Erskineville submitted a recipe for ‘Marrow Honey’ – ‘a delicious spread for bread and butter‘ that was published in January 1943. Mrs. Carroll missed out on the generous £3 first prize but came away with second prize and £1:

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Truth (Sydney) Sunday 31 January 1943

Mrs. Carroll was beaten to the £3 by a recipe for ‘Stuffed Bacon Rolls’ (‘an unusual but tasty recipe‘) but managed to see off the challenge presented by the entry of a recipe for ‘Spiced Orangeade,’ (‘a beverage for warm days, which makes the most of the now expensive orange‘) which came in for third prize and 10 shillings.

The £1 prize awarded to Mrs. Carroll was substantial in 1943. At the time £1 would have covered the rent on a small Erskineville terrace or cottage for more than a week.

Marrow Honey

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900grams (2 pounds) zucchini or courgette
15 grams (1 ounce) ginger
1 lemon
680 grams (1½ pounds) of caster sugar

1. Dice the zucchini and spread over a large flat tray.
2. Cover with the sugar and allow to stand for 12 hours. During this time moisture will be drawn out of the zucchini.
3. Bruise the ginger (see How to Bruise Ginger Root for more).
4. Grate the rind from the lemon, and juice the lemon.
5. Place all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir constantly for approximately 40 minutes, or until the syrup thickens.
6. Strain the contents of the saucepan through a strainer, pressing down on the contents of the strainer to extract as much of the syrup as possible.
7. Pour the strained syrup onto a sterilised glass jar (see How to Sterilise Jars for more).

The above recipe made enough marrow honey to fill one standard-sized glass jam jar, with a little left over.

So how does it taste? Well … like sugar syrup with a hint of ginger, and a slight whiff of zucchini. I don’t think the apiarists have too much to worry about…

A similar recipe for Marrow Honey appears in the ‘War Economy Recipe Book‘ published in New Zealand in 1943:

War Economy Recipe Book

Meanwhile, a search of the Trove Database for Marrow Honey recipes presents two or three alternatives, including this eerily similar one appearing in the Townsville Daily Bulletin twelve years prior in 1931:

Marrow Honey Recipe 1931

Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld) Saturday, 4 April 1931

What’s going on here then?

Mrs. Carroll?

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Arnott’s Living Pictures – Alma May Taylor – Corner George and Cambrian Streets Erskineville


Alma May Taylor, aged six months, daughter of Mrs. G. Taylor, The Elite Academy, corner George and Cambrian Streets, Erskineville, near Sydney, N.S.W. fed since the age of two weeks on Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuits – The Children’s Food.

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The North Western Advocate and Emu Bay Times (Tasmania) Tuesday, 8 May 1906

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A Tour of Macdonaldtown (Erskineville) in 1882

Macdonaldtown Parish of Petersham

In 1882 a series of articles appeared in Sydney’s Evening News describing several municipalities and boroughs on the outskirts of the city of Sydney. Over many weeks between July and September 1882 the boroughs and municipalities of Paddington, Waverly, Randwick, Redfern, Darlington, Waterloo, Alexandria, Macdonaldtown (Erskineville), Newtown, St. Peters, The Glebe, Camperdown, and Balmain are described in detail. Introducing the first of the localities surveyed the unknown author established their premise:

If we go outside the city proper — to which we shall advert by-and-bye — and view the environs, old and new… what do we find in the way of roads and streets, house drainage and sewage, land drainage, house building? The sub-division of portions of land, and other matters peculiar to the surrounding of that solitude so much desired by the many who do not believe, with Bryant, in dwelling,

∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ amidst the crowd,
Through the great city rolled,
With everlasting murmur deep and loud —
Choking the ways that wind,
Mongst the proud piles, and the work of human mind.

But rather, when tired of the world’s incessant noise, seek the rural bower where in reflection they would sit enjoying a calm retreat, and casting their eyes around are softened by the charmer  — nature’s silent voice.

Evening News (Sydney) Wednesday, 5 July 1882
Poem: Hymn of the City William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

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The Macdonaldtown Toll-bar

The Macdonaldtown Toll Bar

THE Municipal Council of Macdonaldtown are about to put into force the 179th section of the Municipalities Act of 1867, which regulates the collection of tolls, by the erection of a toll-bar on the Erskineville-road, and the collection of tolls thereat. This is a means of raising revenue not generally resorted to by the municipalities. The bylaw containing the schedule of tolls to be levied having been confirmed by his Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, is published in a supplement to the Government Gazette issued yesterday.

The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday, 18 October 1881

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Anderson’s Terrace – 20 to 32 Park Street Erskineville

Eastern side of Park Street (Number 20 at left)

Anderson’s Terrace (20 to 32 Park Street, Erskineville) is located on the eastern side of Park Street, close to Solander Park. Originally a row of six two-storey terraces, the relatively recent incorporation of an additional terrace at the southern end of the row (number 32) makes seven.

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Why women age faster than men: Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills – Mrs. W. Callaway – completely cured after a long period of suffering from kidney complaints

Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills - For the Liver

What is there in life more tragic than the young woman who soon after marriage begins to fade and prematurely shows the sign of age, while her husband keeps his youthful health and vigour. The careworn wife and the youthful husband are to be seen everywhere.

Advertisements featuring the testimonial of Mrs. William Callaway of 14 Baldwin Street Erskineville appeared in newspapers around Australia from about September 1908, and continued until the beginning of 1910. Mrs. Callaway sought treatment at Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney for a kidney complaint, but finding no relief from the treatment and medicines prescribed to her Mrs. Callaway instead followed the recommendation of a friend. Commencing an eighteen-bottle course of treatment Mrs. Callaway found herself completely cured of her kidney complaint, and incidently found the pills very effective in the treatment of her headaches: Continue reading

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Excitement at Erskineville – A Ruse Which Led To Escape

A Clever Trick

A clever instance of police impersonation, which unfortunately allowed the ends of justice to be defeated, is reported from Erskineville…

The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide) Wednesday, 28 May 1902

On the night of Saturday 24 May 1902 Mr. James Sanders, a grocer, had his attention attracted to a man who was upon the balcony of his premises, and whose actions were decidedly suspicious… Continue reading

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