1840s

1843 Ridley stripper harvester

Ridley harvester posterJohn Ridley migrated from England to South Australia in 1840. He became a miller and wheat farmer and in 1843 developed a harvesting machine that reaped and threshed grain. In seven days it was able to  reap and thresh more than 70 acres, stripping the grain from the stalks. The South Australian Agricultural and Horticultural Society recognised his achievement and awarded Ridley a prize of ten pounds and ten shillings. More

1842 Barossa Valley first settled

Jacobs Creek in the Barossa ValleyThe first German Lutheran settlers arrived in the Barossa Valley in 1842, settling at Bethany. German language, culture and cuisine were preserved in the area, where some towns had as many as 25 German speaking inhabitants to every one English-speaking person.  Barossa Food retains many of its German roots. German immigrants were important in the establishment of the wine industry, with names like Gramps, Seppelts and Henschke still familiar today.

1840s Sydney’s Flying Pieman

Flying Pieman - image pic-vn4652517 National Library of AustraliaWilliam Francis King, dubbed the “Flying Pieman”, progressed from barman at Sydney’s Hope & Anchor to making and selling meat pies. He plied his trade around Hyde Park and Circular Quay. King became famous for his extreme feats of “pedestrianism” – walking long distances in amazingly short times. More