For the fascinating story of toothpicks, click on the image

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:

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
1953: Diamantina Cocktail
nominated as a unique Australian drink
1921: Flake on the market in Melbourne fish and chip shops
1872: First Sydney fish market opens
1929: Ginger industry
established at Buderim

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.