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Friday, 8 April 2016

The seventh step in my A-Z of quirky ancestor antics - G is for the giant cabbage of Gulgong

In the town of Gulgong, one of my great-uncles, Carew NORTHCOTE, ran the Royal Hotel in the 1930s. He grew a giant cabbage in the backyard of the hotel. One family member remembered that the cabbage was so big because it had been fertilised by elephant manure from a travelling circus.

Source: The Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser, Saturday 10 November 1934

Source: The Muswellbrook Chronicle,  Tuesday 13 Nov 1934  Page 6 

Source: Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Monday 25 Mar 1935  Page 4


  1. I'm thinking the hotel guests ended up having cabbage with every meal for a couple of weeks! Whew, the smell in the kitchen would have been persistent.

  2. Glad I wasn't there for dinner during those weeks!

  3. Holy Dooley that's some cabbage! You'd have been well sick of it by the time it was finished.