2021 Alcohol consumption increases during pandemic

In June 2021, Roy Morgan research found that the number of Australians consuming alcoholic drinks had increased significantly over the… Read More

2021 Coles ditches single-use plastic tableware

From July 1 2021, Coles withdrew single-use plastic tableware from all its stores across Australia. The initiative, which had been… Read More

2021 Providoor expands to Sydney

Providoor changed the game for home-delivered meals. Restaurant meal delivery services have been around since the 1980s, with some of… Read More

2020 Mateus Rosé makes a comeback

To those of us of a certain age, the words "Mateus Rosé" conjure up memories of our early wine-drinking years.… Read More

2020 Fast food consumption rises during pandemic

In May 2021, the research company Roy Morgan reported that during 2020, more than 75% of Australians ate take-away food… Read More

1986 Margaret Fulton’s Asian cookbook

Margaret Fulton's Asian cookbook the 'Encyclopedia of Asian and Oriental Cookery' encouraged families to pick up the chopsticks and try… Read More

1986 Fringe Benefits Tax introduced

The federal Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) was introduced on 1 July 1986. FBT was payable on restaurant meals, which were… Read More

1977 First Australian community garden

There had been community gardens in the past, during times of war and depression, but the first Australian community garden… Read More

1973 Menu from Brisbane theatre restaurant

This 1973 menu from The Living Room theatre restaurant in Brisbane is such a great example of how Australians used… Read More

1971 Big Pineapple opens in Queensland

Possibly inspired by the Big Banana, which opened in 1964, the Big Pineapple opened in 1971 at Woombye in Queensland’s… Read More

1967 Sydney’s first Lebanese restaurant

The first Lebanese restaurant in Sydney was founded by the Mrough brothers in 1967 in Pitt Street, Redfern. Oddly, it… Read More

1966 Decimal currency introduced

On 14 February, 1966, Australia changed from a monetary system using pounds, shillings and pence to decimal currency - dollars… Read More

1963 Drumstick ice cream introduced

Peters Drumstick was launched in Australia in 1963. It wasn't invented here though. Like its predecessor the Eskimo Pie, the… Read More

1962 Len Evans writes Australia’s first wine column

"Cellarmaster", the first regular wine column in an Australian publication, was written by Len Evans in The Bulletin. Evans went… Read More

1958 Australia’s first barbecue cookbook

Australia's first barbecue cookbook, The burnt offering: (how not to barbecue), by Winsom A Gilbert, appeared in 1958. Gilbert was… Read More

1949 Peters Choc Wedge launched

One of the all-time favourites in the Peters range, Choc Wedge was a new variant of the vanilla icecream/chocolate coating… Read More

1948 First Chinese cookery book for Australians

In 1948, Roy Geechoun (otherwise Lee Lock Gee Choun) published a Chinese cookery book written for non-Chinese Australians. It was… Read More

1935 Pavlova dessert in Perth

The dessert we know as Pavlova was inspired by Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova and both New Zealand and Australia claim… Read More

1932 The Italian Society restaurant opens in Bourke Street.

Founded by Guiseppe Codognotto to cater to Italian immigrants, the famous Bourke Street restaurant, The Italian Society, was run by… Read More

1930 Perfect Cheese founded by Natale Italiano

Natale Italiano was born in Scido in Calabria, near the toe of Italy's boot. He emigrated to Australia in 1922… Read More

1928 Maxam Cheese launched in Queensland

In 1928, a 23-year-old entrepreneur named Oliver Kenneth McAnulty opened a processed cheese factory in Brisbane. His Maxam Cheese operation… Read More

1925 Asparagus rolls upstage sandwiches

Australian-style asparagus rolls consist of asparagus tips, often from a can, rolled in buttered, thinly sliced bread. An alternative or… Read More

1922 Country Women’s Association formed

There's a lot more to the Country Women's Association (known everywhere in Australia just as the CWA) than tea and… Read More

1921 Violet Crumble first advertised

Some accounts would have it that the Violet Crumble dates back to 1913, while the manufacturers say 1923. The true… Read More

1920 Streets Ice Cream in Wollongong

Streets Ice Cream was founded by Edwin (Ted) Street in Corrimal, a suburb of Wollongong, where he and his wife… Read More

1917 Gravox invented by Clements Brothers

Time was, Sunday wouldn't be Sunday without the traditional roast at lunchtime. And the traditional roast wouldn't be the same… Read More

1917 Wartime cookery – sandwich pie

This recipe for sandwich pie dates from 1917, when Australia was at war. Patriotism required those on the home front… Read More

1915 Army rations in World War I

Bully beef and biscuits are the stuff of legend when it comes to army rations. However, although this was largely… Read More

1914 Letona founded as Leeton State Cannery

Letona is another of Australia's forgotten brands. Despite growing to be one of the largest fruit-canning operations in the country,… Read More

1909 Savoury toast in Launceston, Tasmania

I've always taken note of regional dishes, or regional variations on dishes. There are regional variations on the sandwich: Perth's… Read More

1891 Italian labour for the cane fields

Much has been written about the Italian influence on Australia's cuisine as a result of post-WWII immigration. That period, thanks… Read More

1887 Tasmanian apples shipped to England

The introduction of refrigerated shipping allowed more primary produce to be transported around the world. The first cargo of cool-storage… Read More

1886 Brownes Dairy founded in Perth

Brownes Dairy is Western Australia's and, they claim, Australia's oldest dairy company. The company traces its history back to 1886… Read More

1883 Emu Burgundy brand registered

Emu Burgundy became Australia's most significant export brand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1862, Patrick Auld… Read More

1879 Fritz sausages in Melbourne

Fritz sausage or, as it's often called, bung fritz is a manufactured luncheon meat more or less unique to South… Read More

1875 New South Wales Fresh Food & Ice Co. formed

Although not the first Australian to develop a commercial ice-making plant, Sydney businessman Thomas Mort saw the advantages of freezing… Read More

1867 First Australian mineral water bottled

Although various mineral water springs were discovered in Australia through the 1820s and 1830s, it seems the first Australian mineral… Read More

1829 First Chinese publican

Mak Sai Ying (who became known as John Shying) was the first documented Chinese landholder in New South Wales. He… Read More

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