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Deborah Vernon Hackett

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Deborah Vernon Hackett Portrayed by Tash
Audio: 2 minutes

On the making of cookery books there is literally no end. The present work, however, is not merely a cookery book but a book on Household Management. It breaks much new ground. It treats practically with problems with which the Australian mother of a family and the Australian housekeeper are confronted day by day, year in and year out. No effort has been spared to make the work the most generally useful publication on the subject of domestic economy which has emanated from the Australian press.

The series of articles which it contains embraces such various subjects as: Foods; their Functions and Values, The Australian Baby, The Kindergarten, What Young People Should Know, General Hygiene, Home Nursing, Hints upon Personal Appearance, The Home Garden, Poultry Keeping, Domestic Animals and The Typhoid or House Fly and Insect Pests.

Each of these articles has been written by an expert, who speaks with authority upon the subject treated of. The recipes, some 3,500 in number and dealing with every branch of the culinary art and every department of household management have not been collected or collated haphazard [sic] but carefully selected by competent advisers, the great majority being actually contributed and vouched for by the correspondents, whose reliability and knowledge every reasonable care has been taken to ascertain and determine.

Since the entire net proceeds of The Australian Household Guide are to be devoted to charities it is hoped that its reception in Australian homes and its appreciation by Australian mothers will warrant the early publication of a second edition.

Acknowledgements

Buller-Murphy, Deborah (Lady Hackett) (1916) The Australian Household Guide, 1916, Perth, E.S. Wigg and Son Ltd, Bib ID 2147582 National Library of Australia

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