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SHIRLEY and Val from Co­huna were telling younger col­leagues how they used to bring hens’ eggs to class in the ‘50s and ‘60s to be do­nated to the lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

It was a com­pe­ti­tion, and the win­ning grade each day would have the hon­our of keep­ing a wooden chook for the day.

“Most stu­dents came from homes with their own chook houses, both town and farm dwellers, so many dozens of eggs were do­nated,” Shirley says.

“Our much younger work friends, from the new era of use-by dates, could not un­der­stand how the pa­tients were not all af­fected by eggs which were ob­vi­ously kept for a long pe­riod of time.

“We re­mem­ber the eggs were rubbed with a po­tion, but does any­one have the preser­va­tive recipe?”

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