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

What's new?

I keep adding new stories to this website. Like these:
1947: Introducing the Laminex kitchen
Australia's oldest Chinese restaurant founded
1875: Tristram's
soft drinks founded
1854: Sarsaparilla soft drink introduced to Australia
1886: Marchants
soft drinks founded in Brisbane
2015: Bone broth
trend takes hold
1836: Almonds
introduced on Kangaroo Island
2020: Chinese tariffs
hit Australian exports
1824: Mud crabs
at Moreton Bay penal settlement
1996: Nespresso launched in Australia

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.

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. For updates and other fun stuff,  follow the Timeline on Facebook. 

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