Renowned author to attend Probus meeting

Warwick-born author of Earning a Crust Judith Anderson.

By Rose City Probus Club of Warwick

A slice of Warwick’s history is to feature at the August meeting of Rose City Probus Club of Warwick.

Take a Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, mix with Judith Anderson’s passion for her hometown of Warwick, and you have the recipe for Judith’s first book, Earning a Crust.

Exploring the lives of the people who worked in the baking trade in Warwick during the century after the town’s establishment in 1861, Earning a Crust features stories of more than 20 baking families before the era of sliced bread as well as the history of the town’s flour mills.

Supported by scores of historic photographs, advertisements, maps and newspaper clippings, many supplied by descendants of the featured bakers.

Earning a Crust also explores the bread making process, bread distribution and delivery, the impact of technology and societal change, and the tools of the trade. For Judith, it is a personal story as well as a passionately researched account of the baking trade in Warwick.

Judith’s journey into the early bakery world, based in Warwick Queensland, gained wide interest through her interview in June this year on the popular ABC radio programme ‘Conversations’.

Born into the trade, Judith lived her first 18 years beside the Brown family bakery in Albion St before pursuing higher education and a career which ranged from teaching, health education, and journalism to marketing, management and the performing arts, including 13 years as General Manager of Queensland Ballet. Now retired, Judith lives in Brisbane

Earning a Crust was launched by Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi at the Warwick Art Gallery on 19 June.

It is available for purchase directly from the author at or can be purchased from Hynes Newsagency, 110 Palmerin St, Warwick.

Copies will also be available for purchase and signing at the Probus Club meeting and morning tea on 18 August, commencing 9.30am, at the Granary (behind Dairy Lounge at the Factory Precinct).

Guests are advised to book ASAP for catering purposes by phoning Marion on 0499 267 547.