Stories of meat works, Spam, butter and rabbits told in exhibition

STORY TOLD: Paddock to Plate consultative curator Sandra McEwen with a butter stamp, used for stamping a pattern onto the top of butter, and butter pat from the Blayney Viv Kable collection.
STORY TOLD: Paddock to Plate consultative curator Sandra McEwen with a butter stamp, used for stamping a pattern onto the top of butter, and butter pat from the Blayney Viv Kable collection.

Butter stamps and paddles as well as meat hooks are among the Blayney items that are featured in the new exhibition at Orange Regional Museum. 

The exhibition Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district, covers the history of food from what Aboriginal people in the area ate tens of thousands of years ago through to changes and developments in farming and food preparation or storage equipment. 

Paddock to Plate consultative curator Sandra McEwen said the Blayney story included a butter stamp and butter pats but the main focus was on meat production including the abattoir and rabbit hunting. 

“Blayney was the home of Spam in the 1970s,” Ms McEwen said.

“Blayney abattoir processed tens of thousands of pigs and manufactured Spam.”

She said a movement away from individual slaughter yards at the back of butcher shops or on farms, better transport and a desire for improved hygiene led to the growth of the Blayney meat industry.

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