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. Thanks for reading. Jan O'Connell
I keep adding new stories to this website. Like these:
1965: Chung Wah Society's sartees at Darwin Show
1937: Australia's first beer gardens
2013: International Year of Quinoa
2003: Chia farming begins in the Kimberley
2011: Superfoods redefined in new book
2007: First edible insect farm in Australia
1891: Chickpeas recommended to Aussie farmers
1903: Tasmanian Muttonbird industry regulated
1962: First Tunarama Festival in Port Lincoln, SA
1920s: Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey commercialised
1924: Newman's Chocolates founded in Melbourne
1953: Capilano Honey founded in Queensland
My Australian food history books
Unfortunately my book based on this website - A Timeline of Australian Food: from mutton to MasterChef - is now officially out of print. There may be the odd copy hanging about in your bookshop or your local library may have a copy on the shelves. But you can still buy my first book, the baby boomer food memoir Me and My Big Mouth, as an ebook from Amazon or as a print copy from Blurb. More about the books here.
And some video?
I also have a YouTube video channel, a mix of old food ads I wrote back in the day, foodie home movies, and some slicker promotional ones made for my book launch. This is where you'll see a sample.