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In July 2018, the History Council of NSW and Central West Libraries presented a special seminar, ‘Touring Tastes: exploring histories of Australian food and culture’, as part of the Orange Readers and Writers Festival 2018Armchair Explorations: Read, Savour and Explore. 

Food and travel are at the centre of Australian life, as means of survival and opportunities for pleasure. But how do these practices shape local and national cultures? How have Australians kept themselves nourished through times of war and struggle? What can food tell us about personal and social values? And how do historians unravel the meaning behind our favourite pastimes?

Details of event (past)

When: Friday 27 July 2018, 10am-3pm
Where: The Long Room, Hotel Canobolas, 248 Summer Street, Orange NSW 2800
Cost: $15 General, $10 Student and HCNSW Members (Includes morning tea)

Come to this seminar if you are…
An aspiring or established historian, researcher and/or writer;
Looking to develop your research and writing skills;
Just generally passionate about history, food and travel!

The History Council of NSW presents this event as part of the Orange Readers and Writers Festival. Supported by Create NSW.

See Central West Libraries’ full Orange Readers and Writers Festival program here.

Our Speakers

Richard White

Richard White

Associate Professor of History

Richard taught Australian history and the history of travel and tourism at the University of Sydney from 1989 to 2013. His publications include Inventing AustraliaThe Oxford Book of Australian Travel WritingOn Holidays: A History of Getting Away in Australia and Symbols of Australia. He was co-editor of the journal History Australia from 2008 to 2013 and is currently working on the history of ‘history tourism’ in Australia.
Diana Noyce

Diana Noyce

Professional historian

Diana has been researching and teaching food history and culture for a number of years. She holds a master’s degree in Gastronomy and lectures at various institutes on aspects of food and culture. Diana has presented at the International Commission for Research into European Food History, the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, and the Symposium of Australian Gastronomy. Her research has been published in books, journals and newspapers.
Blake Singley

Blake Singley

Curator at AIATSIS

Blake is a Curator of Collections at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and a Program Visitor in the School of History at the Australian National University. He has researched and published on the history of Australian cookbooks and colonial foodways. His current research interests include Indigenous media, foodways, and popular culture as well as digital curatorial practices.
Lauren Samuelsson

Lauren Samuelsson


Lauren is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong. Her doctoral research explores the way that the Australian Women’s Weekly magazines and cookbooks contributed to the development of Australian food culture throughout the twentieth century.