1935: HelloFresh's meat supplier Argyle Meats establish their Argyle stud.
Many Australians rely on the 'Susso', the weekly sustenance payments made during the Great Depression. People grow their own food in the backyard to supplement this.
60,000 years ago
Over 500 clan groups or 'nations' thrive around Australia, with their own languages, cultures and beliefs.
Stone tools, boomerangs, eel traps, fire, grain harvesting & grinding are used by Australia's hunter gatherers.
A nomadic lifestyle allows Indigenous people to not be reliant on only 1 food source.
Spices like lemon myrtle & food sources like salt bush and kangaroo are still eaten by Australians today.
Grains were processed into flour & poisonous nuts rendered edible by fermentation:
1700s - 1800s
English Seafarer William Dampier incorrectly observes "The Earth affords [Aboriginal Australians] no food sources at all."
Caroline Chisholm, an English woman, writes a cookbook with 7 recipes using rations of flour and salt beef for each day of the week.
1890: Cookbooks become all the rage as a more reliable supply of butter, eggs, flour and sugar.
Pavlova recipes first emerge!
1700s - 1800s
1914-1919: Coconut is again used, this time in Anzac Biscuits. The recipe is egg free so they can travel the distances to Turkey and France to Australian and New Zealander soldiers at the fronts in World War I.
1923: Vegemite is invented, and is originally marketed as a health food to be given to children and even mixed into baby's milk!
As early as the 20s, Chinese restaurants open up in cities and towns around Australia, with Chinese migrants bringing their unique food culture with them.
2010s and beyond
March of the Avo! Avocado gains huge popularity, especially for breakfast and brunch at cafes which are starting to become world famous for their meals to start the day.
1990s: Aussies consider themselves a more sophisticated country with a refined palate. Fine dining restaurants pop up with increasing frequency, with seafood dishes like salmon all the rage.
1976: Bahn Thai, Australia's first Thai restaurant opens in St Kilda, Vic
1978: The first McDonalds Drive-Through Opens in Warrawong, NSW.
1974: The name Pink Lady is trademarked, and a well-loved apple is born.
1980: There are 22, 000 dairy farms in Australia, compared to 83,000 in 1954.
1980: the first edition of Good Food Guide names the hot dish of the year: 'Seafood sausage with cream and green peppercorn sauce, [at] Fanny's"
From the 2000s, vegetarianism continues to become a more popular diet for ethical, health and environmental reasons.
Lamb is increasingly popular as a dinner option amongst Australians, especially for Sunday Roast (rather than the traditional English beef).
1955: 75% of metro homes have a refrigerator! Eating in front of the TV is still the biggest impediment for families and households sitting down and eating a meal together, with 27% of Australians indicating TV gets in the way of eating together.
1956: The Melbourne Olympics is televised and allows big Australian food companies to market fruit and vegetables, snacks, drinks, and even takeaway options to the Australian public.
In almost half of AU households (48%), the mother or the wife are still the main cooks in the household.
1967: Sydney's first Lebanese restaurant opens on Pitt St. Calls Wilsons, it remains open today.
1968: Margaret Fulton releases her first cookbook
1945: Post-war immigration bolsters the population of Greek and Italian immigrants. Having already arrived in Australia from the Gold Rush of the 1850s, these immigrants start to open businesses, restaurants and milk bars to the increasing delight of Aussies.
'American hamburgers' start to become popular in Australia.
Vietnamese cuisine appears in Australia's cities as refugees open restaurants to earn a living in their new home.
The 90s is the decade of the food court, with convenient dining options at a low price and something for everyone in the family offering massive, and somewhat exotic, appeal. Pre-packaged microwave meals become more popular as people seek to find convenient solutions to dinnertime.
2004: Canberra's first farmer's market opens. Australians have access to more ingredients than ever before, but are also working some of the longest hours in the developed world!
2006: Chicken overtakes beef as the most consumed protein in Australia.
2010s and beyond
2012: HelloFresh writes the recipes, packs and ships their very first boxes! Starting in Sydney, they now deliver meal kits from Adelaide to Cairns, Darwin and Perth.
2014: Australian's now drink 3 billions cups of coffee in cafes and restaurants every year, double what we consumed a decade ago. The flat white, an Australian invention, is sold in cafes around the world.
changing food culture