They brought basic food supplies, including flour, sugar, butter, rice, pork and beef
Asian food was introduced to Australia during the gold rush, which led to the introduction of new Chinese restaurants and cuisine.
Introduction of Lamingtons
1895 - 1901
These chocolate and coconut cake-ish wonders were named after Lord Lamington, the governor of Queensland from 1895 to 1901, who wore a cake-like homburg hat.
Reliance on Farm Exports
Australian dinner plates were dominated by large servings of meat, considered the main part of the meal
Vegemite is Invented
This much-loved spread was invented in 1923 by Melbourne scientist Dr Cyril Callister as a way to exploit the yeast left over from beer production.
Creation of Pavlova
Australian chef Herbert Sasche is believed to have created it to honour the 1935 Australian visit of Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova.
British and Irish Food Influence
1950 - 1960
Traditions such as 'meat-and-three-vegetable' dinner regime, hearty puddings and fondness for tea and beer came from Anglo-Celtic forebears.
Women in the Workforce
1960 - 1970
Increasing numbers of women in the workforce meant big changes at the family dinner table. Hours spent shopping and preparing meals from scratch were no longer available, and convenience foods became a necessity.
‘Convenience’ is a lasting trend in food marketing, and we eat out more and more each year.
Introduction of Asian Migrants
1980 - 1989
Every town and suburb from then had a Chinese and a Thai restaurant due to the migration of Asians.