Mrs Chifley's Afternoon Tea Table


Elizabeth Chifley had a great love for cooking. She started collecting recipes from a young age which she would regularly paste or write in her personal recipe book. Her collection of recipes included cakes, biscuits, jellies and all sorts of meat dishes. When her husband Ben Chifley was Prime Minister, Elizabeth would continue gathering recipes during her stays at the Lodge [the Prime Minister’s official residence in Canberra] – she even wrote out recipes on Parliament writing paper which had the Australian Coat of Arms displayed on the top. Anyone who came to see Mrs Chifley at her house in Busby Street in Bathurst would always be offered one of her special home-made biscuits or a slice of cake.