Australian Slang About Drinks – Part 1

Billy TeaTea arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788. The first tea planted in Australia was in 1884 at Bingal Bay, Queensland. The 3,000 acre Cutten family farm that included coffee, established Herbert Frederick Cutten as the father of the Australian tea and coffee industries. In 1918 his farm was totally destroyed by a cyclone and accompanying tidal wave.

Today there are over 1,000 acres of tea in production in North.

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Non-Alcohol
Adam’s Ale water
BYO ‘Bring Your Own’ drink. If you’re invited to a party and asked BYO drink, you need to bring a drink. If you are drinking alcohol, you need to bring an alcoholic drink. However, if you’re drinking a soft drink or juice, you can bring that instead. BYO restaurants … means if you want it, you need to bring your own alcohol (beer, wine, etc.), but not soft drinks.
Billy Tea bush tea boiled in a tin container over an open fire
Boil the Billy make a cup of tea or coffee
Cordial add water to liquid concentrate to make a fruity flavoured drink. Comes in a variety of flavours. Similar to Kool-Aid (USA).
Cuppa cup of tea or coffee
Flat White coffee with milk or cream
Milo malt/chocolate energy food drink, also sprinkled on ice cream
Lolly Water lemonade, soft drink

Queensland and another 300 acres in NSW. Most everyone has heard the famous song Waltzing Matilda written by Banjo Paterson.

And he sang as he watched and waited ’til his billy boiled
“Who’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?”

What he was boiling in his billy was tea, not coffee. By 1920 tea became the non-alcoholic drink of choice enjoyed by Australians from all walks of life.

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