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What was on the dinner menu at Government House in 1867? Take a look into the history of the wonderful gastronomic world of South Australian restaurant menus.

The State Library’s extensive menu collection ranges from our oldest South Australian menu through to beautifully designed menus of the mid-20th century, to menus of contemporary cafes and restaurants. The collection holds the history of changing trends in food, dining, restaurants, menu design, and reflects the social history of the time.

The talk will also show some of the restaurants and hotels in which South Australians dined.


This presentation was recorded as part of the State Library's Live and Learn program on 18 April 2023.

Presenter: Mark Gilbert, Librarian, State Library of South Australia

Image: Ceylon Hut, Adelaide, 1968. SLSA: SRG 896/6/1