1940s

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

1949 Jaffle craze hits Australia

That Aussie icon, the jaffle iron, has a shorter history than you may think. It was invented in 1949 and… Read More

1949 Aerophos Recipe Book

Issued by the "manufacturers of AEROPHOS food phosphate raising ingredients"  the Aerophos Recipe Book was a fixture in many Australian kitchens… Read More

1949-74 Snowy Mountains Scheme

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric  Scheme was an ambitious engineering project to turn back the waters of rivers that flowed east… Read More

1949 Jan gets Spotty’s dinner

An unfortunate episode involving a high chair, a fox terrier called Spotty and a dish of cooked ox hearts. For… Read More

1948 Sunbeam Mixmaster launched

Sunbeam can trace its Australian history back to 1902, when the American Chicago Flexible Shaft Company (later the Cooper Engineering Company) set up… Read More

1948 Australian Vegetarian Society re-founded

Although the first Australian Vegetarian Society was founded in 1886, there is little evidence of its activities between 1900 and… 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

1948 FruChocs first produced

FruChocs, now made by Robern Menz, are unique to South Australia. Originally produced by  W. Menz & Co., biscuit and… Read More

1948 Price control referendum

During World War II almost every aspect of Australian life was under the control of the Federal Government, including wages,… Read More

1948 First all-Australian Holden car

The first Holden or, at least, the first all-Australian Holden, was unveiled by Prime Minister Ben Chifley at the GM-H… Read More

1949 Dagwood Dog vs Pronto Pup

In a 1949 courtcase, a couple who claimed exclusive rights to sell ‘Pronto Pups’ sought to stop competitors from selling a similar… Read More

1947 Nescafe launched in Australia.

When Nescafé launched in Australia, it began the conversion of Australians from tea-drinkers to coffee drinkers. Coffee was associated with… Read More

1947 DON® Smallgoods founded

When it comes to the history of Don Smallgoods, it's another case of "don't let the facts spoil a good… Read More

1947 Raleigh Preserving Co. registers Biddy’s trademark

Raleigh Preserving Company is among Australia's forgotten food companies.  Once a popular brand, the company manufactured a range of canned… Read More

1947 Royal wedding cake frenzy

Australians love a good royal wedding. So when Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, Australian organisations were falling over each… Read More

1947 Returned soldiers open supermarket

In 1947, Change Over, the magazine published by the Ministry of Post War Reconstruction, reported on a group of ex-R.A.A.F.… Read More

1947 Wizz Fizz sherbet confection launched

This childhood favourite was originally a  paper sachet of sherbet with a liquorice straw. The Wizz Fizz is still made today… Read More

1947 Golden Circle cannery opens

By the mid-1940s,  the pineapple industry was well established in Queensland. To provide marketing and financial stability, a cooperative was… Read More

1947 – Four ‘n Twenty Pie introduced

The iconic Four 'n Twenty Pie was invented in Bendigo, Victoria by L.T. McClure in 1947.  He started selling them at the… Read More

1947 First Barossa Vintage Festival

The original Barossa Vintage Festival was a single event - a Thanksgiving Ball to celebrate the end of harvest and… Read More

1947 Jan Trezise born on 12 March

I am the author of this timeline, once Jan Trezise and now Jan O'Connell. I am a baby-boomer, born in… Read More

1947 Liquor Referendum NSW

Pubs in most states of Australia, including New South Wales, had been closing at 6pm since 1916, when temperance advocates… Read More

1945 Kombucha makes news in Australia

In recent years, Kombucha, in the form of a tea-based drink, has made the transition from fringe to mainstream as… Read More

1944 Frozen vegetables first processed in Australia

Amidst the food rationing of the war years, imported quick frozen vegetables became available in Australia. The first Australian plant… Read More

1944 World’s first organic farming society in Sydney

The Australian Organic Farming and Gardening Society (AOFGS), founded in Australia in October 1944, was the world’s first organic farming… Read More

1944 Meat rationing

From January 1944, meat coupons for adults could purchase an average of 2¼ lbs (just over 1 kg) of meat… Read More

1943 Splayds invented

Splayds are a combination of knife, fork and spoon. They were invented by William McArthur in Sydney, supposedly after seeing… Read More

1943 Butter rationing introduced

In June 1943, butter was added to the list of rationed foods. The allowance for each adult was 1lb per… Read More

c1943 The soldier’s friend F.R.E.D.

Introduced around 1943, the F.R.E.D., a combination can opener, bottle opener and spoon, was included in military ration packs. Officially… Read More

1942 Women’s Land Army formed

When the Japanese entered World War II and young Australian men joined the armed services or war industries, there was… Read More

1942 Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia

A 54-page  booklet titled Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia was produced for American forces stationed here during World War… Read More

1942 Beer rationing

Wartime beer rationing took the form of limits  imposed on production. In March 1942 breweries were required to cut their… Read More

1942 WWII food rationing – tea and sugar rationed

To conserve food during WWII,  rationing regulations were gazetted in May 1942 and food rationing began in June. Tea was… Read More

1942 Call for Victory Gardens

During WWII, a combination of labour shortages, drought and the difficulty in importing goods led to the threat of food… Read More

1942 Beefless days introduced

In a first step towards World War II food rationing, newspapers throughout Australia announced on 16 January that "The eating… Read More

1941 Franklins founded

The discount supermarket chain, Franklins, was founded in 1941 in Sydney and went through many changes of ownership over the… Read More

1941 Rise of the tuna casserole

Easy Ways to Good Meals: 99 Delicious Dishes Made With Campbell's Soups popularised the tuna and noodle casserole made with… Read More

1941 The Oslo lunch

The Oslo lunch, invented by the Norwegian Professor Schiotz, had been associated with improved child health and weight gain in… Read More

1940 Beer riot in Brisbane

In October 1940, a group of soldiers rioted in Brisbane as authorities began strict enforcement of the 8 o'clock closing… Read More

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