Grandfather Arthur Adams Shearers Biscuits

In July 2013 on our way up to Cape York, we visited Brenda, daughter  of Tess Adams and cousin of my father Ross Adams. It was from Brenda that I first learned of the sad story of how Matilda Adams (nee Waters) died after the horse pulling her sulky bolted – and the sulky overturning  – leaving Matilda with a broken back. Matilda  was Brenda’s grandmother and my great grandmother. Some of Arthur and Matilda’s 10 children were still quite young – Gidge was only 10 years old. And there were several of their  grandchildren living with them too.

Brenda also talked of her Grandfather Arthur Adams and how  he’d become a shearer’s cook when he got too old to shear. From listening to my father Ross Adams and his cousins Brenda, Doug, Jocelin and Lenore, it  seems that their Grandfather Adams was a hard tough man, but one who loved his children and grandchildren. Arthur died in mid 1953, about 18 months before I was born.

Ross with his Grandfather Arthur and Mother Mary

Shearer/Shearer’s Cook Grandfather Arthur James Adams with grandson Ross “Tipper” and daughter Mary (known as Aunty Mary Adams in the family)

So on our trip north to Cape York, mostly it was a happy visit with Brenda, who  had made us some of Grandfather Arthur Adams’ biscuits – from his days as a shearers’ cook, after he became too old to shear sheep.

So here is Grandfather Arthur Adams’ Biscuits  recipe – that has been passed along to some family members over the last 60 years or more :

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup – presumably these would be the old style tablespoons – so make it 4 metric tablespoons
  • 1 egg
  • 6 0z dripping – use margarine or butter – make it 150 gms
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder – again as old style make it 4 metric teaspoons
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder – again as old style make it 2 metric tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour  – again as old style make it 2 metric tablespoons
  • 1/2 dried fruit
  • mixed spice
  • lemon essence – we had a giggle about that  ie we were reminded of the Shearers Cook in the Jack Thompson movie “Sunday Too Far Away” –  who used to order in and then sneak huge amounts of lemon essence because of its alcohol content
  • vanilla essence

1. Cream together milk, golden syrup, egg, dripping/margarine/butter, salt

2. Sift together flour, baking powder, custard powder & corn flour

3. Add flour mix to  the creamed ingredients, then the dried fruit, mixed spice, lemon essence & vanilla essence.

4. Mix all together

5. Roll out to 1/4 ‘” or 5mm thick

6. Cut out rounds with glass or scone cutter and place on greased tray.

7. Bake in a moderate oven – 180 oC for about 15 minutes.

Enjoy !


About Kerrie Anne Christian

Interests - Travel, Photography, Developing Websites, Social Media, Writing, Local History, Researcher, Genealogy
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