Miner's Pasties

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For a real taste of Central Deborah’s history, try a traditional Miner’s Pasty! 

It’s half meat and veg, half apple pie … and 100% delicious!

Vegetarian Miner's Pasties are also available, they were also known as Tiddy Oggies.

These pasties were eaten by the Miners on a daily basis at Central Deborah.

What’s the story behind them, you ask? 

Miners couldn’t come to the surface to wash their hands for lunch, they stayed underground for the length of their shift. As a result, the miner’s wives came up with the Tiddy Oggie which had a big thick crust on top. The miners held onto the crust with their dirty hands and ate the tasty savoury and sweet treat during their lunchbreak. They would then throw away the dirty crust and get back to work.

This was important in order to avoid ingesting dangerous chemicals such as arsenic which might have been on their hands from loading the rock into the ore trucks.

How it got the name Tiddy Oggie …

Tiddy is the Cornish/Devon vernacular for potato (along with ‘tatty’).

We’re not sure about Oggy, but these are some of the theories about its origins …

Oggy, Oggy, Oggy - One theory for the origin of the chant stems from Cornwall – or rather Devonport. Oggy is a slang term for a Cornish pasty, derived from its Cornish name, ‘hoggan’ and was used by local Devon and Cornish sailors at the Devonport Dockyard in reference to pasty sellers who once stood outside the gates.

Tin-miners' wives or pasty sellers supposedly shouted: "Oggy Oggy Oggy" – the response from any hungry miner or labourer would be: “Oi!, Oi!, Oi!”. 

The chant is also the chorus of a folk song and has always been heard at Cornish rugby matches so this seems another possible origin.

… and doesn’t it sound very much like another chant we know much closer to home!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Oi, Oi, Oi!

How you can get your hands on one ...

Miner's Pasties are served for lunch 61 metres underground on our Underground Adventure Tour and Nine Levels of Darkness Tours.

You can also purchase them hot or frozen from our Gift Shop.

Best of all ... our Miner's Pasties are made locally, exclusively for us, by the Bendigo Original Pie Shop!