Gwalia Upgrade Project
Victorian Tea held at Hoover House
The Victorian Afternoon Tea was well supported with forty ladies from Leonora as well as ladies from Menzies and Kalgoorlie-Boulder attending.
On 21 September 2014 beautiful abundantly decorated tables with pink roses, lilac coloured stocks and white baby’s breath and fine floral china were set on the verandah of historical Hoover House overlooking the tranquil garden with its lush green lawns.
In November 2013 Judy Inveen donated handwritten recipes of her grandmother Blanche Hunter (nee Penny) to the Gwalia Museum. Blanche was the cook at the Gwalia State Hotel from c1907 to 1914 while her husband managed the hotel.
Elaine Labuschagne, Manager Economics & Heritage Services, organised a Victorian Afternoon Tea to acknowledge Blanche and her hundred-year-old recipes. Greg Sbizzirri and Maree Galton, were responsible for recreating Blanche’s Victorian Sponge, lamingtons and delicious coffee and orange cake recipes for the Tea.
The Victorian Afternoon Tea was well supported with forty ladies from Leonora as well as ladies from Menzies and Kalgoorlie-Boulder attending. The guest speaker on the day was Wendy Duncan, MLA, who spoke about growing up on a local station and her journey into politics.
Curtin volunteers Santana, Josh, Cameron, Katie and Hayley did a stellar job helping, together with Denise Lorentz from the Gwalia Leonora Reference Group and Anne Skinner to decorate the tables and serve guest ample cups of tea. Margot Epis, Tralee Cable, Robyn Horner and Zoe Scott kindly offered their heirloom teasets and cake platters to contribute to the experience.
Ladies said that the beautifully decorated tables, attention to detail and excellent food they shared with friends and family made them feel special. Many asked when the next event will be held.
The Shire of Leonora is busy compiling a recipe book with Blanche’s recipes with consent from Blanch Hunter’s family. We hope that this should be available later in the year.