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I don't think that any of my ancestors were ever served tea in a silver tea pot like the lady pictured in this weeks theme photo.
My family albums shows that the family would often boil the billy. Everyone in Australia is familiar with the term "Boil the Billy", which has now become slang for "Put the kettle on".
|1924 - My Grandfather, Great Grandfather & Grand Uncle (Scott family) enjoying a cup of tea with lunch|
My grandmother wrote in her journal about taking a basket of food and a billy of hot tea to the men working in the paddocks. This one day, her brother was riding the horse "with basket in one hand a billy of hot tea in the other. The horse got faster and faster and he knew the tea must be splashing, but he couldn't do anything about it, till he slipped over Bennie's (the horse's) rump. He didn't spill much tea."
I have always loved the above photo, which is why it is the background for my blog. I am not sure who is pictured but to me it represents hardship, a different time and different way of life.
I remember my grandmother telling me about the "travellers" or "tramps" that would come to visit. Her mother would give them food and a billy of tea and they would sometimes stay in the shed or paddocks overnight, but they were not allowed to stay near the house.
Gran also wrote "Another story was told how Grandfather (my Great Great Grandfather) found a tramp drinking thirstily at his dam and said "Good dam water?". The tramp replied "Damn good water!". He had been lost in the scrub and said he was just about to give in a lie down when he found the dam.
The photos below show Pilgrim family outings with tea cups visible.
|Pilgrim family having dinner - Nhill Show Day 1922|
|Pilgrim family enjoying a picnic|
"In the Scrub" taken by Eva Pilgrim on 27th December 1927
Won 2nd Prize, Nhill Show October 1929
Published in the Weekly Times November 1929