Cordial Label 1870s
Cordial label from Red Lion Brewery. To learn more, click on the image.

Explore the timeline

This website traces the history of Australian food since white settlement in 1788, with a glance at what came before. Entries are by decade;  use the menu to jump to a decade, or search for a specific topic. (On mobiles, scroll down to see the menu.) The Australian food history timeline project started as a spin-off from my food memoir, Me and My Big Mouth. But it kept expanding. You can still buy the memoir by following this link.

What’s new?

There’s always new stuff being added to this timeline. Some of the latest entries are:

1892: Hargreaves & Sons cannery founded in Brisbane and is possibly the first to can pineapple.
1924: Double cut rolls for 5d  – a uniquely South Australian food
1955: Sunwhite rice launched by Leeton-based grower co-operative in the Riverina.
 Menzies Hotel opens in Melbourne
1975: The Savoury Slice is invented in Murray Bridge, SA

Read the book

There’s a lavishly illustrated book based on the timeline. It covers 150 years of Australian food – from mutton to MasterChef. If it’s not on the shelf in your bookstore they can order it for you or you can buy online. More details here.

But wait, there’s more

You’ll find other, mostly food-related musings in My (Other) Blog  – the link takes you to my author website Me and My Big Mouth. These are stories that didn’t fit the timeline format. Or check out my YouTube channel here to see Australian food history timeline stories brought to life. For updates and other fun stuff,  follow the Timeline on Facebook.