Frozen in time: Picnic celebrates Thomas Mort’s ingenuity | Photos

Descendants of three men, Augustus Morris, Eugene Nicolle and Thomas Mort, who changed culinary history forever celebrated with a picnic at Hoskins Church on Saturday, September 9.

They travelled to Lithgow on a historical 1920s Tin Hare train from Sydney. 

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The picnic attempted to recreate an essential event in Australian food history, which occurred in 1875. Entrepreneur Thomas Mort invited 300 special guests from Sydney to lunch at his Lithgow meat works, where they were served a three course meal.

ON ICE: The original menu of Mort's 1875 luncheon in Lithgow.

ON ICE: The original menu of Mort's 1875 luncheon in Lithgow.

After the guests ate, Mr Mort announced that every single dish had been prepared weeks earlier and frozen, some had been prepared up to 18 months beforehand. He famously stated that thanks to his patented refrigeration technology, “there shall be no more waste”. 

The Lithgow Tin Shed’s Tania Aussel recreated the original Victorian menu.