For the story of curry in Oz, click on the pic. Image: State Library of Victoria

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:

Sage's cottage, home to Baxter Provender1975: Grand weekend banquets at Baxter Provender
1971: Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs
1882: Brockhoff’s Biscuits
founded in Melbourne
1886: First practical dishwasher
patented in the USA
1919: Three Threes Condiments
founded in Sydney
1882: Sixpenny restaurants in Melbourne
1870:Colonial Goose canned in Melbourne
1893: Shelley’s Soft Drinks founded in Broken Hill

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.