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Another Story 

The Family Album

The Pictorial Collection in the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian history contains over 300,000 images.  Among these are many photographs of picnics.  Here are a few of them.

Notice how the dress changes from the earliest photographs round the turn of the century when "to go on a picnic" meant an occasion for dressing up in your Sunday best.  Yes - even the children !  As we get to the 1920s and 1930s we see the mood slowly relaxing.  Ties come off, collars are loosened and the children look a little less restrained.


What's To Eat? 

Food Labels and Advertisements

This selection of food labels from the Battye Library Ephemera Collection may stir a few memories for you. 

Do you remember these brands ? Whatever happened to all these Western Australian companies ?


What To Cook 

What to Cook

The Housewife's cookery book and shopping guide was first published in December 1924 and was an important aid to Western Australia's cooks for many years afterwards.

Here are a few recipes for foods and drinks which were popular fare for picnics.  How many of us still bother to make our own lemonade ?  Yet how easy it is.


I Remember 

Our Memories Recorded

Amongst the thousands of Oral History recordings in the Battye Library are many tapes on which people reminisce about the picnic experiences of their childhood.

The memories are always treasured fondly and spoken about with real warmth and clarity.


Read A Story 

Stories on Picnics

The picnic has been mentioned with great regularity in Australian children's books for many years.  Here is a small sample of books which dealt specifically with the picnic.  All these titles are found in The Research Collection of Children's Literature.


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