Has the great lamington riddle finally been solved?

Maurice French at the launch of his book The Lamington Enigma: A Survey of the Evidence.
Maurice French at the launch of his book The Lamington Enigma: A Survey of the Evidence. Kevin Farmer

HAS Maurice French figured out where the famous lamington was named?

The University of Southern Queensland Emeritus Professor believes he has, and it's bad news for Ipswich.

I've put forward an argument - I'm not giving away the conclusion

Prof French was yesterday joined by Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley at the Cobb & Co Museum to launch his new book, The Lamington Enigma: A Survey of the Evidence, which traced the earliest recipe of the delicious dessert to before 1901.

"I've put forward an argument - I'm not giving away the conclusion," he said with a laugh.

He said there are serious flaws in not only Toowoomba's claim to being the birthplace of the famous cake, but of all three contenders for the title which include Old Government House and Brisbane Technical College.

"Each has put forward plausible arguments for being the birthplace of the lamington, but each case has serious flaws," he said.

"I'm pretty sure it was named at Brisbane Technical College in 1901 for Lady Lamington.

"It's Brisbane or Toowoomba - Ipswich has no case."

About 150 people attended the launch.


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