Sir MacPherson Robertson the Melbourne sweets inventor of Freddo Frog, Cherry Ripe, Old Gold, Milk Kisses and Columbines.

On June 10th 1880 in the working class suburb of Fitzroy. Robertson at 21 years of age started his own sweets business, which would go onto become Australia’s largest confectionery works by 1900. 

“With a small furnace and a sixpenny nail can boiler he made his first sweets in the bathroom of his family home. He created novelty sugar mice and dolls each week between Monday and Thursday. On the weekends he would sell them to local shop keepers. He walked the streets of Melbourne for a year building his business.”

By Jonathan Wright (ABC Goulburn Murray)