1900s

1908 Australian branch of Nestlé opens

Founded in 1867 in Switzerland by Henri Nestlé, the company merged with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co. in 1905.  By 1906,…

1908 Kentucky Fried Chicken?

Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1908? In Australia?  Yes, we discovered this in the household hints section of the Bundaberg Mail…

1908 Minchinbury Champagne first produced

First made by Leo Buring at the Minchinbury Estate just a few minutes' walk from Sydney's Rooty Hill Station, Minchinbury…

1908 Quarantine Act passed

The passing of the Quarantine Act 1908 and its implementation in 1909 provided a national approach to the prevention and…

1907 Carlton & United Breweries formed

The Carlton Brewery had been operating in Bouverie Street, North Melbourne, since the 1860s, but in 1907 it united with…

1907? Nellie Melba bathes in champagne

According to legend, Hans Irvine, then owner of Great Western wines, heard that Dame Nellie Melba had expressed the wish…

1907 College of Domestic Economy founded in Melbourne

The College of Domestic Economy was founded to give  women an education in domestic arts and sciences. It offered diploma…

1907 Australian Dried Fruits Association formed

In 1907, the  Mildura Raisin Trust and the Renmark Raisin Trust joined to become the Australian Dried Fruits Association (A.D.F.A.).…

1907 Peters Ice Cream founded

Peters Ice Cream was founded in Sydney by American migrant Fred Peters. His first Peters Ice Cream family bricks, reputed to…

1906 SAO biscuits introduced

SAO biscuits are up there with Lamingtons among the "iconic" Aussie foods. They are  still made by Arnott's. There are…

1906 Rice cultivation begins in SE Australia

The first person known to have planted rice in south-eastern Australia was  Jō Takasuka, an import/export merchant who had previously…

1905 The Kalgoorlie electric stove

The world's first patent for a household electric stove was issued to David Curle Smith, the Kalgoorlie Municipal Electrical Engineer, in November…

c1905 Camp Pie canned in Australia

Although camp pie in various guises had been around for many decades, it appears that Foggitt Jones of Queensland were…

1904 Foggitt Jones Co. founded in Brisbane

Foggitt Jones & Co. set up their business in 1904, buying an existing bacon factory at Oxley, south west of…

1904 Peck’s Pastes arrive in Australia

1904 Chook raffle goes wrong

In June 1904, the Kalgoorlie Sun recounted the tale of a chook raffle in a local pub. The chicken, in…

1904 Sennitt’s Ice Cream

John Sennitt was an English-born engineer  who, in 1899,  acquired his employers' firm Victorian Cold Accumulator Proprietary Company Ltd. The…

1904 Melbourne Bitter Ale first brewed

Melbourne Bitter was born in 1904, when a group of pub owners formed the Melbourne Cooperative Brewery Company and began…

1904 Hydro Majestic hotel opens at Medlow Bath

Built by the retail magnate Mark Foy, the Medlow Bath Hydro opened in 1904 as a hydropathic sanitorium and health…

1903 William Farrer’s Federation wheat

William Farrer bred various strains of wheat to resist the common crop disease of rust. After many years of cross-breeding, he…

1903 First Australian barbecue

The term 'barbecue', referring to a cooking method was certainly known in England well before the First Fleet departed for…

1902 Last Bunya nut gathering

The bunya nut, from the Bunya Pine, was an important food source for aboriginal people of Queensland’s Darling Downs area.…

1902 New Idea magazine

Australia’s oldest women’s magazine was launched by Thomas Shaw Fitchett as The New Idea — A Women's Home Journal for Australia.…

1901 Neenish tarts recipe

No-one really knows the origin of neenish tarts, the bi-coloured pastries still widely available in Aussie cake shops. The first known…

1901 A population of farmers

Australia's 1901 Population Census recorded around 14 per cent of Australia's total population as working in the agricultural and pastoral…

1901 Griffiths Australian-grown tea

Although others had earlier experimented with tea growing – notably the Cutten brothers at Bingil Bay in North Queensland –…

1901 Peanut industry begins in Australia

As early as the 1860s, Chinese immigrants were growing peanuts in North Queensland. Commercial farming began in 1901 when Samuel…

1901 Federation banquet

A grand Federation banquet at Sydney Town Hall celebrated the creation of a nation, as the separate British colonies joined…

1900 Lamingtons invented

There are various stories (probably apocryphal) about how lamingtons were invented.  However, it seems likely that they were devised by…

1900 Meat Supervision Act in Victoria

The 1900 Meat Supervision Act introduced a requirement for meat to be inspected at the time of slaughter. Only inspected…

1900 Great Western triumphs in Paris

Hans William Henry Irvine extended the underground cellars at Great Western, imported a French winemaker from the champagne house of…

1900 Dairy Farmers founded in NSW

The Dairy Farmers Co-operative Milk Co. Ltd was among several dairy co-operatives formed in the late 19th and early 20th…

1900 Robur Tea Company founded

Until around 1880, most of the tea consumed in Australia came from China. However, from this time tea from Empire…

1900 Muesli invented in Switzerland

Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner invented muesli at his health clinic . He called it the “apple diet dish” or Apfeldiätspeise . The…

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