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Jude Stewart's THREE GENERATIONS COOKBOOK
Our site is proud to present this wonderful historic, modern and very varied collection of recipes started by Mrs Minnie Deakin, followed through to her daughter Mrs Dorothy Violet Stewart and lastly, passed down to her daughter Jude Stewart. Original written historic Australian recipes, recipes from cutouts and old magazines, world recipes and household hints and ideas, all collected over three family generations and now available to our Supporters of this site.
Mrs Deakin (nee Probert) was born in Birmingham, England on 24 August 1884 being one of 6 children. Her parents owned and operated a factory in Birmingham that produced transfers for pushbikes. She married Joseph William Hall Deakin in Birmingham on 26 August 1906, the marriage producing one child.
They arrived by ship in Australia around 1909, the seas were so rough that there was water going down the funnels of the ship and the crockery wouldn’t stay on the table, despite the edge built around.
The first 27 years after immigration she lived in Brisbane where Joseph Deakin worked as a engineer for the Brisbane newspaper, The Courier Mail. After his death in 1937 she subsequently moved to Helidon in Queensland where she ran one of the local hotels the Harp of Erin Hotel just prior to and during the Second World War. She re-married in 1955 and lived in Helidon until just prior to her death in 1971. Minnie passed away in Laidley, Queensland on 16 April 1971. Grand daughter Jude states how she would love going to Nanna’s, especially for celebrations where she was spoilt rotten with all the goodies cooked for her.
On the passing of Minnie the collection was inherited by daughter Dorothy. Dorothy Violet Stewart, nee Deakin, was born in Brisbane, Queensland on 2 June 1914. Dorothy attended the Church of England Day School at the Cathedral in Brisbane and then worked as a clerk. She moved to Helidon on 22 February 1941. She had 2 children John and Jude. After the marriage broke up in 1950 she moved to Laidley in Queensland where she supported them by cooking and cleaning for several residents of Laidley. Dorothy passed away in Laidley on the 29 July 1977. She had inherited her mother’s glorious talent for cooking.
Today this old, faded and well used book lays in the safe keeping of Grand Daughter and daughter Jude Stewart. Jude was born in Brisbane 14 March 1950 and lived in Laidley until 1968 whereafter moving to Canberra where she was a mainframe computer operator with a Government department for 12 years. In 1975 Jude went overseas for 12 months to the UK and Europe and was lucky enough to meet up with one of her grandmother’s sisters. The cold in Canberra finally got to Jude so back to the sunshine in Brisbane to thaw out, where she worked with various Government Departments until retirement in 2008. Jude now lives in a lovely part of Queensland called Laceys Creek.
This site's owners offer a sincere thanks to Jude Stewart for this very special offer.