Real World Gardener Arrival of the First Fleet in Australia in What’s Cooking

September 7th, 2015

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Talking about the First Settlers in Australia with Gastronomer Jacqui Newling from Sydney Living Museums.

Early Australian settlers had barely survived the trip from England and were faced with plants, a landscape, a culture and foods that they knew nothing about.

So what did they do?

This is where the What’s Cooking segment comes in.

It’s not so much about what we grow, cook and eat today but about what people grew and ate 1 to 2 centuries ago.

The arrival of the First Fleet with Captain Arthur Phillip who became the first founding Governor.

Aren’t you curious about what went on in the kitchen gardens and kitchens of 100 – 200 years ago?

Was it that much different?

Well, today, we start with a look at what the first settlers ate when they set foot on Australian soil.

There’s a few misconceptions that will be busted so hang on to your hat.

We know that the first settlers' provisions were salt rations such as preserved meats, salted pork and dried peas that they bought with them, but what did they eat when they landed in Farm Cove?

We also know that the British sent a supply ship the Guardian in 1790, however that ship struck an iceberg of the Cape of Good Hope and lost all the back up supplies that Captain Phillip was expecting.

Fortunately Captain Phillip was pretty shrewd and starting rationing their dwindling supplies even further.

Governor Phillip's house in Sydney Cove. He sailed for London at the end of 1792, citing ill health

The First Fleeters'  all survived pretty much with only one reported death from starvation.

Maybe you’ve been thinking that the first settlers were poor gardeners and didn’t understand the seasons and what would grow in warmer climates.

Not so, as Jacqui says, they were on top of that concept because they picked up seeds and supplies from Teneriffe in Jamaica and from South Africa.

The also experimented with plantings all over what is now greater Sydney-from Pittwater to South Head and Wollongong.

In fact the naval officer at South Head lead by Daniel Southwell were quite proud of their successful veggie garden which as evidenced in their journals.

If you have any questions about the First Settlers, or have some information you’d like to share, why not email or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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