ode to the meat trayPosted: January 18, 2012
In 1943, as part of a fundraising campaign, the Battle Stations Appeal, hundreds of communities got together to raise funds in whatever ways they knew how (and some). This item in The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton) – 16 September 1943, lists a few of the ways the Mt Morgan Branch of the Australian Comforts Fund went about it. Dances, sports days, exhibitions, performances and RAFFLES. None the least of these were meat raffles, a tradition which can still be seen at pubs and clubs around Australia.
The National Library holds an image of a promotional poster for Australia Day in 2010. (Mark Thomas – artist; GPY&R – advertising agency). It urges Australians to “BBQ like you’ve never BBQ’d before”. You can view it and the affection with which meat trays are held here.
Here’s an outsider’s response to the fundraising tradition. A great read of a visitor’s first impressions of a particular cultural difference from A Cajun Down Under.