1839 Australia’s first ice cream sellers

Ice cream has a long history. The story goes back hundreds or, perhaps, thousands of years before the invention of… Read More

1839 Beerenberg family farm settled

It was to be 132 years before the farm gained its current name. But the property which was to become… Read More

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

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

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

1836 Almonds planted on Kangaroo Island

Almonds arrived in South Australia with the first ship to bring European settlers to the colony. The Duke of York… 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 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

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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