Tea 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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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.