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Explore life in the 1940s

We have developed a wealth of stories and content for you to enjoy along with useful resources for you to explore life in the 1940s if you are learning at home.

Mrs Chifley's Recipes

Make cakes, deserts and even soap from Mrs Chifley’s Recipes

Railway Cake. – Take on and a half cups of flour, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons butter, 4 tablespoons milk, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, drop of essence. Rub the butter, baking powder and salt into the flour, beat eggs and sugar well together; add milk ad mix into the flour. Bake in a flat tin in a quick oven.

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Ben and Elizabeth Chifley

Joseph Benedict Chifley, known to friends and public as Ben or Chif, was born in Bathurst on 22 September 1885.

Elizabeth Gibson McKenzie, Lizzie to friends, was born on 1 August 1886 only metres from No.10 Busby Street.

Learn more about Ben and Elizabeth with these information sheets and activities

Read more about Ben and Elizabeth

Who was Ben Chifley?

Ben Chifley Quiz

Life in the 1940s

Step back in time to the 1940s and learn about life in a different era

Growing up in the 1940s

Wartime rationing

Paper dolls

Chifley Home Did you Know? cards

Chifley find a word