Thursday, 12 July 2012
Ruby Borrowdale, author of the Golden Circle Tropical Recipe book c 1960s.
The following biography accompanies Ruby’s archive held in the National Library of Australia.
From 1932 Ruby Borrowdale was the Chief Instructress, later the Superintendent of the Test Kitchen of Warwich and Brisbane millers Simpson Bros, the makers of baking powder. Ruby Borrowdale wrote a weekly cooking column for the Brisbane Telegraph under the nom de plume of Patricia Dale, as well as wrote cooking segments for many country papers from Cairns to Maitland. Ruby Borrowdale also appeared on radio and was the first Queensland cook to appear on television - her first TV Week article appeared between the 2nd to the 8th June, 1960. Later she established her own "independent" test kitchen at 25 Chester St, Fortitude Valley and became the director of Judith May Clinic of the Queensland Butter Board.
She was married to Ambrose Jones and the couple lived at Hampstead Rd, Highgate Hill. Ruby Borrowdale died at the age of 84 on the 13th June, 1997. This biographical history has been compiled with the assistance of a short biographical sketch written by Ruby Borrowdale's husband Ambrose Jones in the late 1960s.
“Crazy About Cakes” is a youtube video about Ruby with wonderful illustrations.