Cutlery collection
Click the image for the story – Bread Forks and Butter Knives

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:

1947: Raleigh Preserving Company registers Biddy’s trademark
1918: SPC (Shepparton Fruit Preserving Company)
founded
1926:
Poem glorifies steak and eggsAustralia’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
1892: Hopetoun Tea Rooms,
Melbourne’s oldest tea rooms, founded
1876: Barnes Honey,
Australia’s oldest honey brand, founded

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,  you used to be able to follow the Timeline on Facebook. However, as of 18 February Facebook have blanked my page as part of their heavy-handed fight against paying for news content. I am trying to get it back. Please be patient.