Menu for the No. 11 Australian General Hospital (AGH), aka Caulfield Military Hospital, half-yearly staff reunion dinner at Scott's Hotel, Melbourne, 31 July 1917. Includes list of guests and menu items, many of which are French dishes. Printed by Osboldstone & Co, Melbourne.
During World War I the Caulfield mansion Glen Eira was converted into Caulfield Military Hospital. After the war it contined as a a repatriation hospital and permanent home for many disabled soldiers. It was described by author George Johnston in My Brother Jack - his mother worked at the hospital.
The menu includes a fish dish translating as whiting fillets in sauce marguery - a classic hollandaise flavoured with fish essence and oyster puree.
Description of Content
NO 11 AUSTRALIAN GENERAL HOSPITAL CAULFIELD, HALF YEARLY REUNION OF STAFF MENU FOR A DINNER AT 'SCOTT'S HOTEL, MELBOURNE, 31 JULY 1917.
Card with rounded edges, folded at centre to create four sides. Front of card features diagonal brown colour stripe at top left corner and printed text in blue ink. Inside faces of the card feature a toast list and menu list printed in blue ink, with each of the two headings accompanied by a small illustration and surrounded by a decorative border.
Transfer from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), circa 1986
From an original donation to the Returned Servicemen's League (RSL), Anzac House, Melbourne.
Place & Date of Event
Printed on front: No. 11 Australian General Hospital/CAULFIELD/half-yearly/Reunion of Staff/Scott's Hotel/Melbourne/31st JULY/1917 Printed on inside: TOAST LIST/The King [further text] Printed on back: OSBOLSTONE & CO. PTY. LTD.,/PRINTERS, MELBOURNE,/7945
Type of item
85 mm (Width), 111 mm (Height)
Rodney Dale, Dictionary of Culinery and Menu Terms, Wordsworth Reference, Hertfordshire, 2000, p.269.