Bennett's Cordials factory, early7 1900s
G. H,. Bennett made cordial and was president of the Richmond Football Club. For more, click on the image.

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 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:

1932: Nuttelex, Australia’s first vegetable margarine, introduced
1942: Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia
commented on Australian eating habits
1940: Beer riot
in Brisbane when soldiers protested at 8 o’clock closing
1932:Vita-Weat  biscuits first made in Australia
1801: Australia’s first food standards regulations were to control bread baking
1913: Arnott’s jump on the Teddy Bear Biscuit bandwagon
1962: Mr Whippy
  soft serve ice cream trucks arrive in Australia
1976: Uncle Tobys launch Australia’s first muesli bar

Read the book

There’s a lavishly illustrated (and, hopefully, amusing) 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.