According to the Herald Sun Checkout column, where this recipe appeared in June 1993, ‘Kish Mish is a sensational concoction of dried fruits and spices – it can stand alone as a dessert served with cream, but for winter you can serve it as a cascade over steamed pudding’. I think the thing that makes it a bit different is the addition of apple with the dried fruit, it would be really fruity and moist.
It’s a bit unusual to have a fruit base, then a crumble layer (instead of the reverse) and then top it all with meringue as this dessert recipe does. I’m guessing the idea is that the crumble would absorb a little of the moisture from the fruit. Whether that’s the case or not, with these ingredients it should taste OK.
Tinned pineapple isn’t used much these days, but it can still be worthwhile when fresh pineapple is out of season. It’s quite sweet and that can make things with it in a bit too sweet – this pudding breaks that sweetness down with lemon juice though. Haven’t tried it myself, but I think it could be a good family pudding.