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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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