Drinking

1867 Menzies Hotel opens in Melbourne

Menzies Hotel, on the corner of Bourke and William Streets, was the first of Melbourne's grand Victorian era hotels. For… Read More

1865 Best’s Great Western vineyards planted

In 1865, brothers Joseph and Henry Best established vineyards at Great Western in the Grampians region of Victoria.  The Bests… Read More

1862 Coopers brewery established in Adelaide

Thomas Cooper’s first recorded brew was made from four bushels of English malt and eight pounds (3.6 kilograms) of Kent… Read More

1860 Tahbilk makes wine in Goulburn Valley

Tahbilk pioneered winemaking in the Nagambie Lakes area of Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, with Rhône varietals such as Marsanne, Shiraz and… Read More

1857 First reference to the counter lunch

In 1857, newspapers in Melbourne carried advertisements for Gregory's Tavern and Restaurant at the Hall of Commerce Hotel, announcing the… Read More

1857 Swan Brewery founded in Perth

In 1857, Frederick Sherwood founded the Swan Brewery on the banks of the Swan River. After his death in 1874,… Read More

1854 Sarsaparilla soft drink introduced

The first people to sell it in Tasmania called it "The great American beverage". So what's sarsaparilla doing in a… Read More

1844 Penfolds wine company established

The company responsible for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange, was established at Magill Estate in the Adelaide Hills in… Read More

1842 Barossa Valley first settled

The first German Lutheran settlers arrived in the Barossa Valley in 1842, settling at Bethany. German language, culture and cuisine… Read More

1840s First aerated waters produced in Australia

Today we call them soft drinks. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, they were known as aerated waters. Fizzy… Read More

1840s South Australian wine industry develops

The early settlers in South Australia wasted no time in planting vineyards and within a decade of the first arrivals… Read More

1838 Yering is Victoria’s first commercial vineyard

Although the Henty brothers planted the first vines in Victoria at Portland, Yering Station in the Yarra Valley was the… Read More

1838 Adelaide’s first permanent hotel begins trading

Originally known as the Buffalo's Head, the hotel that became the Black Bull at first operated from a tent near… Read More

1837-9 Melbourne’s first pubs

Melbourne was first settled by Europeans in 1835 and the settlement's first pubs opened soon afterwards. The Port Phillip District remained part of… Read More

1833 James Busby imports vine cuttings

James Busby(1801-71) was a pioneer of viticulture in New South Wales and one of the most important figures in the… Read More

1832 Cascade Brewery built

The Cascade Brewery was built by Peter Degraves, who originally founded the estate as a saw milling operation.  Degraves arrived… Read More

1832 First Western Australian wine

The first grape vines in Western Australia were planted near Fremantle soon after the first colonists arrived in 1829. By… Read More

1830 Hunter Valley vines planted

George Wyndham was one of the pioneers of viticulture in the Hunter Valley, planting vines at his property Dalwood. His… 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

1823 Tasmania’s first commercial vineyard

Around 1823, ex-convict Bartholomew Broughton planted vines and fruit trees at Prospect creating what became Tasmania's first commercial vineyard.  By… Read More

1822 First Australian wine exports

Although vines arrived with the First Fleet, Gregory Blaxland (one of the conquerors of the Blue Mountains) made the first… Read More

1819 Convict rations included tea for the first time

In the early years of the New South Wales colony, tea was a precious commodity. Although the First Fleet brought… Read More

1807 Tasmania’s first licensed public house

The Tasmanian Hospitality Association claims that the first legally licensed public house opened in Hobart Town’s first year of settlement.… Read More

1798 James Squire’s tavern licensed

James Squire is generally acknowledged to be Australia's first commercial brewer of hopped beer. His tavern, The Malting Shovel, at… Read More

1797 Shipwreck leads to world’s oldest beer

When the ship Sydney Cove was wrecked north of the Tasmanian mainland in 1797, more than 31,500 litres of alcohol… Read More

1796 Australia’s first pubs

The first ten liquor licences in New South Wales were issued in 1796 by Governor Captain John Hunter. The measure… Read More

1793-1810 The Rum Corps

Successive governors of New South Wales failed to control the excesses of the officers of the New South Wales Corps,… Read More

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