Welcome to the Australian food history timeline
This website traces the history of Australian food since white settlement in 1788, with a glance at what came before. Use the menu to jump to a decade, or search for a specific topic. (On mobiles, scroll down to see the bottom 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.
1971: Big Pineapple opens in Queensland
2020: Mateus Rosé makes a comeback
1879: Fritz sausage made in Melbourne
1948: First Chinese cookbook for non-Chinese Australians
1936: First Weis Bar made in Toowoomba
1911: Slip’s Ice Cream in Sorrento, Victoria
1947: Raleigh Preserving Company registers Biddy’s trademark
We also have a YouTube video channel , a mix of our foodie home movies and some slicker promotional ones we made for the book launch. This is where you'll see a sample.
Read the book
There’s an illustrated book based on the timeline. It covers 150 years of Australian food – from mutton to MasterChef. It's a great gift for a foodie or for a baby boomer in search of a bit of nostalgia. If it’s not on the shelf in your bookstore, ask them to order it for you. Alternatively, you can buy it from the usual online book stores. Sorry, there's no eBook. More details here.