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.
If you're a regular visitor (thank you for coming back) you might see that something has changed on our site. We've had trouble with our old timeline theme and when Google said 'We'd like you more if you were faster and mobile friendly' we decided to head to an AMP page format.
So if there is something strange in a page's formatting, relax, we saw it too, and we're getting to it. There are over 700 entries so it might take a moment. And have a look on your mobile. Quick eh?
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?
1979: Claytons – the drink you have when you’re not having a drink
1967: Australia’s first range of frozen Chinese meals
1872: Bickford’s Lime Juice Cordial introduced
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 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.