中英對照讀新聞》National Library finds 120-year-old chocolates commissioned by Queen Victoria 國家圖書館發現120歲、由維多利亞女王委託製造的巧克力
Staff from the National Library of Australia have made an incredible discovery dating back to the Boer War involving one of the nation’s most iconic poets.
The 120-year-old Cadbury chocolate bar that belonged to ’’Banjo’’ Paterson was found intact and with minimal decay. ’’There was quite an interesting smell when they were unwrapped,’’ National Library of Australia conservator Jennifer Todd said.
The souvenir tin had ’’South Africa 1900’’ and ’’I wish you a happy New Year, Victoria RI’’ inscribed on it.
In 1899, Queen Victoria decided she wanted to send a gift of chocolate to her troops serving in South Africa.
She commissioned three major British chocolate manufacturers, Fry, Cadbury and Rowntree, to produce the goods and it has been documented Queen Victoria personally paid for the manufacturing of the tin boxes.
unwrap：動詞，拆開（包裝）。例句：I was too busy to unwrap those Christmas gifts.（我忙到沒有空拆這些耶誕禮物。）
inscribe：動詞，題字、刻寫。例句：The monument was inscribed with the names of the dead from Covid-19.（紀念碑上刻了武漢肺炎死者的名字。）
commission：動詞，委託、安排。例句：The politician commissioned me to write a biography for him.（這位政治人物委託我替他撰寫傳記。）