The unctuousness of hog’s lard

Hog’s lard (the pig’s rendered stomach fat) was a popular commodity in 19th century Australia.  The Colonist of 2 May 1840 reports 75 keg loads arriving on the barque Will Watch.  The South Australian Police Department had a bladder of hog’s lard  in its inventory of items to purchase by tender.  (South Australian Register – 22 April 1843).  Bushrangers stole it – The Sydney Herald – 16 Oct 1837.

This recipe for a water repellent for boots required hog’s lard (and bees wax, turpentine and olive oil).  (Sydney Gazette – 16 March 1806)

Just in case a cautionary note is required, this snake bite treatment in the Sydney Gazette 16 December 1804 is 200 years old and not supported by contemporary medical authorities as an appropriate way to respond.

bind it up, with no other dressing than a “pledget” (a small piece of lint), dipped in oil, or spread with hog’s lard, batter, or any other unctuous dressing

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