Recipes for remembering

The way we procure, prepare and consume food has certainly changed a lot over the years. From everyday necessities being delivered to your door stop, to the technologies that drastically improved how we cook and eat. 

Relive memories of home cooking and changing food trends from last century with a range of activities all enjoyable from the comfort of your home.

Product photograph of a pie dessert, a slice has been removed and placed on a plate in front of it. There is a fork and spoon placed next to it.
Australian Dried Fruits Association, Pie Dessert, Box Hill, Victoria, 23 Feb 1960.


Cast your mind back to the foods and flavours of yesteryear with a playlist of tasty songs.

Image slideshow

Download images from Museums Victoria’s collection depicting food delivery, preparation, technology and popular everyday meals from last century.


Test your general knowledge about twentieth century Victorian food culture.


Other activity suggestions

Get cooking

Prepare a meal inspired by recipes from the 1950s and 60s. Possible dishes could include Casserole, Fondue, Meatloaf or Pineapple upside down cake.

Jingles and commercials

It’s amazing how classic TV commercials and radio jingles can have a long-lasting impact on our memories. Have a search on YouTube for some of the food commercials from the 50s and 60s like Aeroplane Jelly, Vegemite, Cadbury Chocolates and Tupperware.

Explore our collection

Watch some of the recipes from the 60s and 70s in our collection come to life and be put to the taste test: Jelly, carrot and whipped mayonnaise salad anyone?

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