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.
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
1918: SPC (Shepparton Fruit Preserving Company) founded
1926: Poem glorifies steak and eggs – Australia’s national dish?
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 (and hopefully, amusing) book based on the timeline. It covers 150 years of Australian food – from mutton to MasterChef. It's a great gift for someone you know who likes food or for a baby boomer (like me) in search of a bit of nostalgia. It's a couple of years now since it was released, so if it’s not on the shelf in your bookstore you'll need to ask them to order it for you. Alternatively you can buy it from the usual online book stores. Sorry, Kindle fans, there isn't an eBook. 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.