Australian food history

  • Farming on Norfolk island started

  • first apple tree in Tasmania

  • government farm established

  • Food Crisis in port Jackson

    little to no food was being produced due to the harsh agriculture conditions
  • construction of a water mill at paramatta started

  • Australia's first pub

    nsw
  • first food standards regulations

  • Whaling begins in Australia

    Sydney
  • Sydney's first dairy was build

    The dairy was build by Dr john Harris
  • canning food started

    This started when food was being put in glass jars
  • first water mill

    the first water mill was in Sydney
  • Mango cultivation on Murry Island

  • agriculture society formed in nsw

  • honey bees introduced

  • Tasmania first commercial vineyard

  • pineapples first brought to Australia

  • hunter valley vines planted

  • first western Australia wine

  • cascade brewery built

  • parrot pie for Christmas

  • first ice in Sydney

  • first mention of golden syrup

  • Barossa valley settled

    the first German Lutheran arrived in Bethany, Barossa valley.
  • first meat canning in Australia

  • first Chinese labourers arrived in Adelaide

  • gold rush brings large amounts of immigrants

  • first gas stove in Australia

  • john alloo opens a Chinese restaurant

  • Australia's first biscuit company

  • wild rabbits released by Thomas Austin

  • camels landed in Melbourne

  • George peacock sells canned jams

  • first sugar cane plantation

  • trout introduced to Australia

  • first Australian bottled mineral water

  • granny smith apples appear

  • Adelaide central market opens

  • First commercial olive oil production

  • Oyster farming begins in Sydney

  • First Sydney fish market

  • Arnott’s first factory opens

  • Coffee Palace Hotel Company formed

  • The great rabbit explosion

  • Banana plantations in Queensland

  • First Greek fish and chip shop

  • Fritz sausages in Melbourne

  • First frozen meat exports

  • Macadamia nuts commercially grown

  • Australia’s first agricultural college

  • Bee sanctuary created on Kangaroo Island

  • Tasmanian apples shipped to England

  • Bundaberg rum first produced

  • Italian labour for the cane fields

  • Mediterranean diet recommended

  • Founding of Leggo’s

  • Pasteurised milk introduced

  • Australia’s first health food store?

  • Lord Lamington’s banquet

  • Dairy Farmers founded in NSW

  • Lamingtons invented

  • Peanut industry begins in Australia

  • First Australian barbecue

  • The Kalgoorlie electric stove

  • Peters Ice Cream founded

  • Australian Dried Fruits Association formed

  • Quarantine Act passed

  • Bulla Dairy Foods founded

  • Army rations in World War I

  • Haigh’s Chocolates founded in Adelaide

  • World’s first self-service grocery store

  • Metters ‘Early Kooka’ gas stove introduced

  • Spanish Flu disrupts food supplies

  • Anzac Biscuit recipe first published

  • Flake on the market in Melbourne

  • Showbags for sale

  • Weet-Bix developed

  • Balfour’s Frog Cakes introduced

  • Vegemite launched

  • Cherry Ripe Bar

  • Australia’s first fresh juice bar

  • Aeroplane Jelly launched

  • First espresso machine in Australia

  • World’s first supermarket

  • Fantales introduced

  • Australia’s first milk bar

  • Brahman cattle imported

  • Pearl meat industry begins

  • Pavlova dessert in Perth

  • First frog farm at Euroa

  • World War ll declared

  • Rise of the tuna casserole

  • Beefless days introduced

  • Frozen vegetables first processed in Australia

  • First Barossa Vintage Festival

  • FruChocs first produced

  • First Chinese cookery book for Australians

  • Twisties invented

  • Maggi dried soups launched in Australia

  • Spaghetti bolognese recipe

  • Streets Paddle Pop launched

  • First Australian Meals on Wheels service

  • Rocklea Road developed by Darrell Lea

  • Barossa Pearl sparkling wine launched

  • First Australian shopping mall

  • Woolworths’ first food store

  • 1700 self-service grocers in Australia

  • Australia’s first Japanese restaurant

  • Australia’s first barbecue cookbook

  • First beer cans in Australia

  • First all-Australian espresso machine

  • Streets Gaytime launched

  • First Australian meat chicken breed

  • First Coles supermarket

  • First Woolworths supermarket

  • First Tupperware party in Australia

  • First canned soft drinks

  • First Burger King in Adelaide

  • Bertie Beetle launched by Hoadley’s

  • Tim Tams launched

  • Drumstick ice cream introduced

  • The Big Banana

  • Introduction of the BYO licence

  • Sydney’s first Lebanese restaurant

  • Australia’s first frozen Chinese meals?

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken launches in Australia

  • First microwave oven imported

  • First Australian Kmart store

  • First commercial emu farm in Australia

  • Pizza Hut launches in Australia

  • First Australian McDonald’s opens in Sydney

  • Hungry Jack’s launches in Australia

  • First Thai restaurant

  • First Australian community garden

  • Australia’s first 7-Eleven

  • Farmers Union Iced Coffee launched

  • Launch of Big M

  • First McDonald’s Drive-Thru

  • First home-delivered pizza

  • Kangaroo meat sales legalised in S.A.

  • Chicken Parmigiana on the menu

  • First Donut King store

  • Debit cards and EFTPOS

  • Birth of the Flat White

  • First Australian Subway opens in Perth

  • food trends. French fries hot, crocodile steaks cold.

  • Tiny Teddy biscuits launched

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken becomes KFC

  • Melbourne has world’s first McCafé

  • Starbucks launched in Australia.

  • Juice bars hit Australia

  • Aldi arrives in Australia

  • South Australia bans plastic supermarket bags

  • Macaron craze

  • Death cap mushrooms kill three in Canberra

  • HelloFresh home delivery meals

  • Riesling tops in wine survey

  • Vegemite Australian-owned again

  • Needles in strawberries sabotage

  • McDonald’s vegetable burger launched

  • Coronavirus prompts panic buying

  • Fast food consumption rises during pandemic

  • Coles ditches single-use plastic tableware

  • Alcohol consumption increases during pandemic