Viewpoint from Aussie Cuisine

  • Your traditional meat pie was, and still is to this day, one of the Aussies favourite dishes.

The Flying Pieman was undoubtedly Sydney’s best-known hawker with a reputation for extraordinary feats of endurance and eccentricity. Once he walked, with his tray of pies, from Parramatta to Circular Quay and met the Sydney-to-Parramatta ferry as it pulled into the wharf.

The Flying Pieman wore an old frock coat of different colored patches, his hat was covered with tickets and placards, and his legs and feet were wrapped in hessian bags.

A newspaper report on 11 February 1841 reported:

“A man named King tried to walk from Smith’s public house Parramatta to the Commercial Wharf Sydney in less time than it took the steamer Australia to do the run. King completed the distance in two hours twenty-five minutes. The steamer arrived three minutes before.”