RAHS Day Lecture – Our Food and Cookery Experts
December 7 @ 13:00 - 14:00
Revealing the Australian Women’s Weekly food editors who transformed the way Australia ate
As Australia’s preeminent women’s magazine, the Australian Women’s Weekly (the Weekly) had an immense impact on Australian food culture throughout the twentieth century. The role of food editor was integral to the Weekly’s food offerings, yet little consideration has been given to the influence of the women who held this position. In this lecture, Dr Lauren Samuelsson will reveal the importance of the Weekly’s food editors, uncovering their identities and exploring the ways that their professional expertise and individual interests shaped the Weekly’s food pages and left an imprint on Australian food culture.
About the speaker: Dr Lauren Samuelsson holds a PhD in History from the University of Wollongong. Her interests include the history of food and drink, women’s history, the history of popular culture and Australian cultural history. Her PhD thesis focused on the Australian Women’s Weekly and its influence on the development of Australian food culture during its first fifty years of publication. Her award-winning work has been published in Australian Historical Studies and History Australia. She has also published in The Conversation.