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What was the first restaurant in Australia?

The first restaurant in Australia was attached to a hotel called the Freemasons' Arms. It was the first licensed hotel in New South Wales, run by James Larra, who was transported for stealing a silver tankard from a coffee-house in King's Cross, London. He settled in Parramatta in 1796 and built a wattle and daub hut at first, later rebuilding in brick in 1800 and employing a French chef (from One continuous picnic p 112).

It seems likely that the first Asian restaurant would have opened on one of the gold fields. Here is a picture of a possible contender, John Alloo's Chinese restaurant in Ballarat, 1853.

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Last update: 2008-05-19 11:30
Author: General Reference Enquiry