Phillip's Table: Food in the early Sydney settlement

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Jacqui Newling


Using food as a lens, this essay looks at what we can discover about Sydney's early settlement from a gastronomic perspective, and what Phillip's table reveals about life at Government House.

With few explicit or descriptive references to meals at Government House or in Phillip's company, there are myriad clues in extant journals and information in primary sources about the food available to the colonists and the cross-cultural exchanges involving food between indigenous Australians and settlers.

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