1960s

1969? Commercial crocodile farming begins

Although there were earlier "crocodile farms" it appears these were essentially zoos, whose major purpose was to attract tourists. The…

1969 Beginnings of nouvelle cuisine

Said to have been born on the first Concorde flight out of Paris, this new and lighter approach to French…

1969 Australia’s first ATM

Australia's first ATM, or Automatic Telling Machine, installed by the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney in 1969 was not the kind of ATM…

1969 First Australian Kmart store

Kmart was originally a joint venture between Coles and the S.S. Kresge Company, which operated Kmart in the USA .…

1969 First microwave oven imported

The first commercial microwave oven, Raytheon's Radarange,  was invented in the USA in the late 1940s. Domestic models began to sell…

1969 Self-service dominates grocery sales

By this time, 70% of Victorian metropolitan grocery sales were self-service. Smaller stores formed buying groups to remain competitive. Confectionery and…

1968 Subway emerges in Connecticut

A recent high school graduate, 17 year old Fred DeLuca, and family friend Dr. Peter Buck teamed up to open…

1968 First Margaret Fulton cookbook

Cookery writer Margaret Fulton's first cookbook, published by Paul Hamlyn in 1968, sold over a million copies.  It was reprinted…

1968 Tasmania’s first licensed restaurant

Until the 1960s, if you wanted to wine and dine in Tasmania your options were restricted. There were fancy meals…

1968 Courage Beer launched

Courage Beer attempted to break the stranglehold Carlton & United had on the beer market in Victoria with its launch on…

1968 Australia’s first restaurant guide

“Galloping Gourmet” and television chef Graham Kerr published Graham Kerr’s Guide to Good Eating in Sydney – Australia's first restaurant…

1968 Kentucky Fried Chicken in Australia

Australia's first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet opened in Guildford in Sydney’s western suburbs on 27th April 1968, with a staff…

1967 Australia’s first frozen Chinese meals?

Although there had previously been frozen TV dinner ranges which included Asian dishes, the first all-Chinese frozen meal range may…

1967 Taco Bill founded

Mexican food was a new experience for most Australians when the founder of Taco Bill, Bill Chilcote, arrived in Australia…

1967 Bourbon & Beefsteak

In 1967 a new era in the Americanisation of Australian food began. King's Cross in Sydney was the location of…

1967 Six o’clock closing ends in SA

South Australia was the last state to end six o’clock closing. The new late-closing laws were introduced under the premiership…

1967 Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology

Founded in 1967, the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology is an industry body that aims to advance Australia's position…

1967 Sydney’s first Lebanese restaurant

The first Lebanese restaurant in Sydney was founded by the Mrough brothers in 1967 in Pitt Street, Redfern. Oddly, it…

1966 GLAD® Wrap introduced

In 1966 the GLAD® brand was born in Australia with the launch of  'the amazing new plastic GLAD® Wrap, a…

1966 Margaret River wine region identified

A 1966 research paper by agronomist Dr John Gladstones suggested that the Margaret River area in Western Australia would suit…

1966 Russian poet orders Aussie champagne in Paris

During a visit to the Adelaide Festival in 1966, the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko evidently acquired a taste for Seppelts…

1966 Tarax sole Australian-owned soft drink company

By 1966, as overseas companies bought up all the soft drink manufacturers, only one all-Australian company remained as a major…

1966 Six o’clock closing ends in Victoria

On 1 February 1966, Victorian hotel hours were extended to 10pm - the end of six o’clock closing. Judge Archibald…

1966 Stephanie Alexander starts Jamaica House

Started by Stephanie Alexander and her Jamaican husband, Monty, mainly as a way to sell products imported from the West Indies,…

1966 Australia’s first food magazines

In 1966, both Epicurean and Australian Gourmet  food magazines were  founded. Epicurean was the first Australian magazine devoted entirely to food…

1965 Red Tulip After Dinner Mints

Red Tulip didn’t invent the after-dinner mint. Rowntree’s After Eight Mint Chocolate Thins were launched in England in 1962, but…

1965 Cask wine invented

The wine cask or ‘bag in a box’ was invented by Tom Angove of Angove’s in Renmark, South Australia. The…

1965 First kebabs in Sydney

According to the company history of Uncle Tony’s Kebabs, the first kebabs were introduced in Sydney by Lebanese immigrant Tony…

1965 Introduction of the BYO licence

The BYO boom in Victoria started slowly, but gathered momentum year on year, really hitting its stride in the early…

1964 The Big Banana

Claiming to be the first and most famous of Australia's "Big Things" (although it was actually pipped by the Big…

1964 Golden Fleece roadhouses promoted

It's not clear when the first of the Golden Fleece branded restaurants was opened - perhaps in the 1950s or…

1963 Tim Tams launched

In 1963, Arnott’s launched Tim Tams , a new chocolate-covered biscuit based on a British product called Penguin. They were named…

1963 Bertie Beetle launched by Hoadley’s

The chocolate Bertie Beetle was launched by Hoadley's in 1963 and is generally supposed to have been created as a…

1963 First NSW retail grocery group

The Davids wholesale operation put together the first professionally organised voluntary retail grocery group in NSW. It involved Supa Valu and…

1963 Safeway supermarkets arrive in Victoria

The American supermarket company purchased three Pratt’s supermarkets in Victoria and launched the Safeway brand. The first was on the…

1963 Robert Carrier’s Great Dishes of the World.

Robert Carrier's Great Dishes Of The World sold over 2 million copies worldwide in 14 languages; and was hailed as…

1962 Len Evans writes Australia’s first wine column

"Cellarmaster", the first regular wine column in an Australian publication, was written by Len Evans in The Bulletin. Evans went…

1962 New Year’s Eve at the Rex Hotel, Bondi

The special New Years's Eve menu at the Rex Hotel was typical for its time. It offered Oysters Naturelle or…

1962 Mr Whippy arrives in Australia

The Mr Whippy ice cream van company was founded in Birmingham, England, in 1958. Just four years later the franchise…

1962 Christmas menu at Hotel Astra, Bondi

The multi-course Christmas menu at the Hotel Astra, Bondi, offered such choices as Oysters Natural au Citron, Consomme Royale, Fillet…

1962 Southern Cross Hotel opens in Melbourne

The Southern Cross Hotel was the first luxury hotel in Melbourne to depart from the traditional style of hotels like…

1962 First Burger King in Adelaide

Adelaide's Burger King chain had nothing to do with the similarly-named chain in the United States. However, its founder, Don…

1962 Coles Farmland brand appears

House brands have become an increasing focus for supermarkets in Australia. The first Coles house brand appeared as early as…

1962 Hawaiian Pizza created in Canada

History does not record when the first Hawaiian Pizza arrived in Australia. But the man credited with its invention was…

1962 (?) Streets Splice launched

Actually, the Streets people themselves don’t know when this iconic Aussie ice cream was launched. They say it was “sometime…

1962 Ring pull can introduced in USA

The ring pull can was invented by Ermal Cleon "Ernie" Fraze of Dayton, Ohio, in 1959.  It was first put…

1962 Scotts TV dinners advertised

The term "TV dinners" emerged as a brand name in the USA in 1955, although frozen ready-to-eat meals had been…

1962 Coles New World Supermarket is launched

Coles launched “A new world of shopping”  with the opening of the first Coles New World   Supermarket in Frankston,…

1961 First canned soft drinks

The first canned soft drinks in Australia were produced by Tarax in their Huntingdale, Melbourne, plant in 1961. Initially, Tarax…

1961 The first Tupperware party in Australia

Earl Silas Tupper introduced the range of plastic containers in the USA in 1946. Their trademark was the distinctive “burping"…

1961 Unilever acquired Sennitt’s Ice Cream

The Sennitt's Ice Cream brand was discontinued when Unilever acquired Sennitt's and the company was merged with Streets. The famous…

1961 Toto’s Pizzeria opens in Carlton

Toto’s claims to be the first pizzeria in Australia, and on this basis was inducted into World Pizza Hall of Fame in…

1961 Mastering the Art of French Cooking first published.

Although this book is largely credited to Julia Child, it was co-authored with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, whom Child…

1960 Restaurant licence introduced in Victoria

The new licence allowed alcohol to be served with food. Formerly only hotels, registered clubs and wine saloons could legally…

1960 Australian Wine Centre opens in Soho, London.

After World War II, wine exports to Britain resumed. To capture more of the British market the Wine Board opened…

1960 Australia’s first revolving restaurant

Just one year after the world’s first revolving restaurant opened in Dortmund, Germany, the Hammon family opened the Skyway restaurant…

1960 Margaret Fulton joins Woman’s Day

Margaret Fulton, then working at advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, joined the weekly women's magazine Woman's Day as food editor…

1960 Fanny’s restaurant opens

Fanny’s restaurant was opened by Gloria and Blyth Staley in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, on the site of a Greek café.…

1960 Myer’s Chadstone Shopping Centre opens

In 1960, Myer completed the Chadstone Shopping Centre 12  kilometres from the centre of Melbourne.  “Chaddy”, as it soon came to…

1960 First Woolworths supermarket

The first Woolworths supermarket was opened at Warrawong in New South Wales in May 1960. It offered a range of…

1960 First Coles supermarket

The first Coles supermarket - a freestanding suburban supermarket complete with carpark -  opened in the Melbourne suburb of North Balwyn in…

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