Tea reaches Australia

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Tea came to Australia aboard the First Fleet in 1788 under the Command of Captain Arthur Phillip and has played a big part in its culture ever since. The Australian billy was a metal container, originally used for transporting bully-beef on ships bound for Australia.
By the late 19th century, it was synonymous with life in the Bush where it was used for boiling water and making tea over a camp fire.  Banjo Patterson immortalized the name in the first stanza of the song Waltzing Matilda: “And he sang as he looked at the old billy boiling”.
The History of Tea

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