In 1860’s Australia, if a poor man could not afford to buy kerosene for his lamp, he had to use a slush lamp. Slush lamps were made by half filling a container with clay, then topping it up with mutton fat. A piece of worsted material wrapped around a stick formed a wick.  These lamps threw out some light, but they were smelly and smoky, and only used as a last resort.

Margaret Tanner writes well researched historical romances set in early Australia.

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About margarettanner

WHO IS MARGARET TANNER? BIO: Margaret Tanner is an award winning, Australian author, who writes Historical Romance and Western Romance, with some contemporary romance as well. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels. No internet site is too hard to traverse, or book too old or tattered for her to trawl through, and no museum is too dusty. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia. She has found from writing Western Historical novellas, that frontier Australia and frontier America, had many similarities, isolated communities, a large single male population and a lack of marriageable women. Margaret is married and has three grown up sons, and two gorgeous little granddaughters. Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion. http://www.margarettanner.com/ http://www.amazon.com/author/margarettanner