Click the image for the story behind Burke’s cordials.

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:

1897: Hamodava Tea, the first fair trade tea, launched by Salvation Army
1922: Showbags
on sale at the Royal Easter Show
1929: Blue Heaven
colour developed, later combined with vanilla and raspberry to make the Australian milk shake classic
1867: Mineral water first bottled in Australia
1950s: Conti roll’s
origins in Perth’s Italian delis
1979: Chicken salt produced commercially in South Australia
1885: Gramma pie
recipe published – a Northern Rivers specialty

Read the book

There’s a lavishly 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 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.