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.
I keep adding new stories to this website. Like these:
1880: MacRobertson confectionery founded
1891: Allen's confectionery founded in Melbourne
1939?: Kool Mints introduced by Griffiths Sweets
1948: Wagon Wheels invented
1883: Bushell's Tea founded in Brisbane
1831: First colonist to describe the yabby
1965: First shopping centre food court at Roselands
1852: Guest's Biscuits begins in Sydney
1939?: Origins of San Remo pasta
Read the book
There’s an illustrated 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, ask them to order it for you, or buy it from the usual online book stores. Sorry, there's no eBook. More details here.
And some video?
I also have a YouTube video channel, a mix of foodie home movies and some slicker promotional ones made for the book launch. This is where you'll see a sample.