The Green and Gold Cookery Book

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Date: 1923
Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australiamap
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"Containing tried and tested recipes, contributed by experienced housewives and cookery experts"

This famous Australian recipe book will be 100 years old in 2023. First published in 1923 as a fundraiser for a school, it has remained a standard in South Australian kitchens ever since, and is still for sale.[1] [2]

The genealogical interest is in the identities of the contributors. Most recipes are accompanied by a name and often a place of residence, usually in South Australia. Since King's College, the beneficiary, was a boarding school, contributions came from all over the state and sometimes other states.

The book was the idea of Annie L. Sharman and she credits Mrs C. R. Morris and Mrs G. McRitchie with gathering the advertisements which funded the publishing of the first edition.

Do you have a contributor among your relatives? If so, add them here. (Page numbers refer to the 38th edition):

Eleanor M. Abbott (bef. 1908 - 1977) Port Elliot, S.A., Coconut Biscuits pg 184 (75th edition)
Mrs R. G. Abbott (1877 - 1955) Port Elliot, French Beans pg 66; Gooseberry Jam pg 221; Plum Chutney pg 234 (75th edition)
T. E. Abbott (1898 - 1982) Rosslyn Park, Lamingtons pg 131; French Jellies pg 250; Marshmallows pg 251 (75th edition)
Mrs A. S. Adamson (1869 - 1952) Unley, War Bread pg 194; Raspberry Syrup pg 212; Black Current Jam pg 218 (75th edition)
Mrs H. R. Adamson (1875 - 1952) Malvern, Raisin and Rhubarb Tart pg 124; Athol Cakes pg 126; Potted Meat Paste pg 206; To Candy Peel pg 231; To Dry Raisins pg 231; Apple Chutney pg 233; Rhubarb Chutney pg 236, Cauliflower Piccalilli pg 240 (75th edition)
Mrs Alfred Anderson, Blythwood, Ginger Pudding pg 81; Sago Plum Pudding pg 84; Cream Puffs pg 127; Green Tomato Pickle pg 241; Pickled Onions pg 243 (75th edition)
Mrs Arbon (1875 - 1959) Brighton, Raisin Pudding pg 90; Apple Amber Pudding pg 122; Egyptian Cake pg 164
Mrs Harry Arbon (1882 - 1954) 2 Birkdale Avenue, Clarence Park, American Pound Cake pg 139; Sponge Sandwich pg 167; Cheese Savouries pg 202; Passion Fruit Drink pg 214; Lemon Conserve pg 231; Ripe Tomato Relish pg 245; Toffee pg 253 (75th edition)
Mrs E. H. Bakewell Welsh Cake pg 157; Chocolate Cake pg 162 (75th edition)
Thelma Jean (Watt) Batchelor (1898 - 1980) Prospect Gardens: Nutties, Pg 175
Mrs H. Benfield (1861 - 1940) Croydon, Melon Jam, Pg 211 (75th edition)
E.F. Benskin (1874 - 1953), Stuffed Tomatoes pg 70; Pineapple Cream pg 109; Tenby Cake pg 155; Edinburgh Scones pg 195 (75th edition)
Dulcie Besanko (1910 - 1988), Clarence Park, Potato Soup pg 32; Chocolate Cake Drops pg 128; Rock Buns pg 134; Walnut or Almond Creams pg 253 (75th edition)
Mrs H.D. Blenkiron (1894 - 1978), Rosala Biscuits pg 186 (75th edition)
Mrs Agnes Bowering, Prospect, Plum Pudding (Without Eggs) pg 81; Lemon Conserve pg 231 (75th edition)
Mrs Pearl Bowering, "Wheatley," Peterborough, Coffee Cake pg 142; Ribbon Cake pg 168; Melon Jelly pg 225 (75th edition)
(Miss) Queenie Bowering, Barker Street, Prospect, Honey Candy pg 251; Turkish Delight pg 252 (75th edition)
Selma Bowering, Sponge Sandwich pg 167 (75th edition)
E. Blucher, Ki Ki, Nice Plain Biscuits pg 183
Mrs G. Bradley, Torrens Park: Orange Cake, Pg 143
L Carmichael, Tiparra West, Sunbeams (Biscuits) pg 188; Tomato Chutney pg 235 (75th edition)
Miss D. Cochrane, Auburn, Victoria. Rhubarb Sponge and Rhubarb Jelly, Pg 105
Miss J. Colliver (1901 - 1972) Eggs and Spinach pg 22 (75th edition)
Mrs E. Colliver (1892 - 1964) Torrens Park, Sponge Sandwich pg 167 (75th edition)
Mrs W. H. Colliver (1862 - 1929), Lentil Soup pg 31; Salmon in Jelly pg 35; War Buns pg 135 (75th edition)
Mrs H.E.R. Dinham, Ardrossan, Rosala Biscuits pg 186 (75th edition)
Mrs Stanley Haskard (1891-1975) of Jamestown Shortbread, pg 181.
Mrs. Geo. Heath (1885 - 1980), Keyneton: Savoury Carrots, Pg 66.
D Jarrett (1889 - 1961), Angaston: Cream Puffs, Pg 121 (75th edition)
Mrs M. A. Luck (1891 - 1980) of Croydon Park, Bonny Pudding pg 83; Grandmother's Cake pg 149; Scottish Shortbread pg 190; Billy Loaf pg 192; Gooseberry and Cherry Jam pg 219 (75th edition)
Mrs A.J. Ridgway, Dunalbyn, Wolseley, King's Jam pg 220; Green Fig Jam pg 220; Gooseberry Jam pg 221
Mrs H. K. Ridgway, "Maradene," Wolseley, Sultana Cake pg 155; Butter Sponge pg 161 (75th edition)
Mrs F.W. Roediger, "Riverside," Gawler, Coffee Cake pg 142; Cinnamon Sponge pg 161; Raspberry Vinegar pg 213 (75th edition)
E. S. Rutt (abt. 1839 - 1926) Pickled Figs pg 242 (75th edition)
Edith E. Rutt (1879 - 1966) Fritz Sausage pg 23; Marinaded Steak pg 42; Oatmeal Biscuits pg 184; Quince Jelly pg 219 (75th edition)
Mrs W. Schmidt, Railway Town, Broken Hill: Sardine Puffs Pg 37
A. L. Sharman, Black Forest, Curried Eggs pg 15; Pork and Beans pg 24; Salmon Cakes pg 37; Soused Fish pg 37; Stuffed Potatoes Au Gratin pg 71; French Rice Pudding pg 89; Chocolate Layer Cake pg 163; Passion Fruit Layer Cake pg 165; Almond Icing pg 170; Chocolate Icing pg 171 Biscuits pg 179; Salted Almonds pg 199; Oatmeal Drink pg 212; Milk Jelly pg 256; Fricasseed Brains pg 256 (75th edition)
E.O. Sharman, Turkish Delight pg 252 (75th edition)
K.E. Sharman, Blanc Mange pg 97; Rice Custard pg 97; Marble Cake pg 151 (75th edition)
Mrs T. C. Sharman (1869 - 1948), Stewed Steak pg 46; Mock Duck pg 59 Ginger Nuts pg 181; Lemon Syrup pg 213; Citron Marmalade pg 226; Tomato Chutney pg 235 (75th edition)
Miss B. Skewes, Victor Harbor: Potato Puff, Pg 67
Ethel (Kerr) Slane (1879 - 1944) North Unley: Angel's Food (Eggless), Pg 95
Mrs W. J. Smith (abt. 1887 - 1953) of Fairfield, Maitland: Christmas Cake, Pg 133
Mrs Fred Thorn (1854 - 1937) of Angaston: Plum Pudding, Pg 80 (75th edition)


  1. National Archives of Australia Magazine Issue 3 2018 Pg 33 "Lentil soup - or bloater paste?"
  • The Green and Gold Cookery Book, 38th Edition, Annie L Sharman, editor. Published by Rigby Ltd, Adelaide. First published 1923.

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I have the 18th Edition. It is a wartime cover and the first edition to have 10000 rather than 5000 recipes.
posted by Catherine Davies
Awesome idea!

As kids, my brother and I loved making the lemonade (and ginger beer?)

My only suggestion is to also create a new category for the contributors

Edit: Ours is the slightly older thirtieth edition if that is useful to anyone

posted by Troy Phillips
edited by Troy Phillips
Thanks Troy! Great idea to have a category - I’ll follow that up :)
posted by Gillian Thomas
Fantastic idea. I've asked my mother if she still has her old version of the book. If so, I look forward to adding some profiles.
posted by [Living Ford]
Thanks to everyone who has contributed. It's going really well!
posted by [Living Turner]
Thelma Batchelor turns out to be a relative of my cousin Sam Hancock. It's a small world.
posted by [Living Turner]
Comment from unknown person re Mrs Geo. Heath: "Looks like this is Elsie Rosa Caterer, see this article for her marriage, George Heath's father was from Keyneton."
posted by [Living Turner]
Love this idea!
Adding Thelma Jean Batchelor nee Watt soon.
posted by [Living Turner]