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Tin of beef dripping sent to the Lawton family in Uxbridge, London, in a Red Cross parcel from Hobart in 1942

2002.0024.0001

Tin of beef dripping sent to the Lawton family in Uxbridge, London, in a Red Cross parcel from Hobart in 1942

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Physical description

Unopened cylindrical tin containing beef dripping. Its top and sides are shiny gold-coloured, and the base is silver-coloured. 'PRODUCE OF AUSTRALIA / NETT 1 lb WEIGHT / BEEF DRIPPING / Packed by / THE AUSTRAL CANNING CO. PTY LTD. / 115 QUEENS BRIDGE ST. / MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA' is printed in red on the top, and 'SENT / FROM HOBART AUST. / 1942' is written on a paper label stuck with tape to the side. It has a vertical seam down the side.

Statement of significance

The object is a one pound tin of beef dripping (still sealed) manufactured in Australia. The tin was sent from Hobart to England in 1942 as part of a Red Cross food hamper delivered to victims of the London bombing raids.

This object is an example of the Australian produce that was be found in most kitchens during the mid-twentieth century. Products such as this have now largely disappeared and are a sign of the change in Australian eating habits and lifestyles. The object also represents the relationship between Australia and Britain, particularly during the second World War when the Australian government agreed to keep Britain's larder stocked. The food hampers (of which this object was part) organised by volunteers were a further expression of Australia's sense of duty to and emotional bond with the 'mother country' or 'home'.

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