Collection: Macquarie University History Museum

Cast Iron Pot

Cast Iron pot with lid

Accession # AHM000211
Creator E. Pugh & Co.
Period mid 19th Century
Date c.1850 - 1900
Provenance Wednesbury, England and Australia
Material/s Cast Iron
Dimensions 49.21cm (h) x 48.51cm (w) x 34.71cm (d)
Collection Macquarie University History Museum
Source AHM, Macquarie University
Classification Vessel
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This large, lidded, pot also known as a camp oven, could be used over a fire to cook anything from damper to stews and soups, or to heat water. The pot was made of cast iron which was capable of withsstanding high temperatures and direct contact with fire. The main handle allowed the pot to be suspended over a fire, at a campsite or kitchen hearth. This particular example was made by E.Pugh & Co. of Wednesbury, England and was brought by migrants or merchants to the colonies. The "7 GALLs" on the pot refers to it's capacity to hold 7 gallons or about 26.5 Litres of liquid. The large size suited food production for families and groups of miners or workers at goldfield camps, as well as for large households.
  • Syllabus Links
    • Stage 3 Syllabus Links
      • describe and explain different experiences of people living in Australia over time (HT3-2)
      • identify change and continuity and describe the causes and effects of change on Australian society (HT3-3)
      • apply a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication (HT3-5)
    • Stage 3 History - The Australian Colonies
      • The reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and Asia, and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony (ACHHK096)
    • Historical concepts
      • Continuity and change - some things change over time and others remain the same.
      • Perspectives - people from the past will have different views and experiences
      • Empathetic understanding - an understanding of another's point of view, way of life and decisions made in a different time, eg differing attitudes and experiences of living in an Australian colony; understanding the experiences of women and migrants.
    • Historical skills - Comprehension
      • use historical terms and concepts (ACHHS099, ACHHS118)
    • Historical skills - Analysis and use of sources
      • locate information relevant to inquiry questions in a range of sources (ACHHS102, ACHHS121)
      • compare information from a range of sources (ACHHS103, ACHHS122)
    • Historical Skills - Perspectives and interpretations
      • identify different points of view in the past and present (ACHHS104, ACHHS123)
    • Historical Skills - Empathetic understanding
      • explain why the behaviour and attitudes of people from the past may differ from today
    • Historical Skills - Research
      • identify and pose questions to inform an historical inquiry (ACHHS100, ACHHS119)
      • identify and locate a range of relevant sources to support an historical inquiry (ACHHS101, ACHHS120)
    • Historical Skills - Explanation and communication
      • develop historical texts, particularly narratives and descriptions, which incorporate source material (ACHHS105, ACHHS124)
      • use a range of communication forms (oral, written, graphic) and digital technologies. (ACHHS106, ACHHS125)
  • Online Resources
  • Bibliography/References
    • Clark, M., (1955) Select documents in Australian history; 1851-1900 Angus & Robertson
    • Lawrence, S., (2000) Dolly’s Creek; an archaeology of a Victorian goldfields community Melbourne University Press
    • O’Brien, C.(2016) The colonial kitchen. Australia 1788 – 1901. Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland.
    • Webber, K., (2012) Daily Life on the Goldfields Powerhouse Museum

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