1839 First ice in Sydney

The first ice in Sydney arrived in 1839. It had been harvested from North American lakes and carried through the tropics in… 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

1837-9 Melbourne’s first pubs

Melbourne's first pubs opened soon after the founding of the colony in 1835. Legislation required that any licensed premises should… Read More

1836 Parrot pie for Christmas

One of the first settlers to arrive in Adelaide in 1836, Mary Thomas, wrote that she had celebrated Christmas according… Read More

1834 First colonial farmer in Victoria

In November 1834, six months before Melbourne was first settled, Edward Henty arrived at Portland Bay on the south coast… Read More

1833 James Busby imports vine cuttings

James Busby(1801-71) was a pioneer of viticulture in New South Wales, emigrating with his family from Britain in 1824.  He… 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

1831 Major Mitchell describes yabbies

Yabbies are a species of freshwater crayfish native to Australia. They are widespread to the west of the Great Dividing… 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

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