City of Sydney Historical Association
2nd March, 2013 - History of Surry Hills & Darlinghurst
9th February, 2013 - Chinese New Year
12th January, 2013 - Tour of St Barnabas Church, Broadway
8th December, 2012 - Colonial Land Use and the Coxes of Mulgoa Valley
7th November, 2012 - Guided Tour of the Town Hall Vaults
3rd November, 2012 - 1954 Royal Tour
13th October, 2012 - Rise of Sydney's Department Stores
14th July, 2012 - Life & Times of Tommy Townshend
9th June, 2012 - "Reynolds" Cottages
19th May, 2012 - St Paul's College Tour
14th April, 2012 - Motorised Mayhem
10th March, 2012 - The Flying Fruit Fly Circus
4th February, 2012 - Quong Tart: High Tea and Scottish Ditties
14th January 2012: Dictionary of Sydney
10th December 2011: Admiral Arthur Philip - The Man
12th November 2011: Glebe Walk
8th October 2011: Bob Carr at the Annual General Meeting
3rd September 2011: History Week
13th August 2011: Tom Wentworth Wills –Visionary Sportsman
9th July 2011: Henry L'Estrange - Funambulist and Aeronaut
11th June 2011: Afro-American Servicemen in WWII
14th May 2011: Government House Tour
9th April 2011: Amazing Stories from Randwick
19th March 2011: The Ones that Got Away
12 Feb 2011: Chinese Market Gardens of Sydney
8 Jan 2011: St Andews College Tour
11 Dec 2010: Garden Palace Scandal
13 Nov 2010: Cumberland Digs
9 Oct 2010: Painting the Rocks
4 Sep 2010: Celebrate History Week
14 Aug 2010: Whaling, Wool and Wealth
10 Jul 2010: The Ones that Got Away
12 Jun 10: Percy Lindsay
8 May 10: Sydney Tramway Museum
10 Apr 10: Making of our nation
13 Mar 10: Reading photographs
13 Feb 2010: Macquarie Place
9 Jan 10: Sydney's Astronomical History
12 Dec 09: The colony
14 Nov 09: Women of The Rocks
10 Oct 09: History of Kent Brewery
5 Sep 09: Scandal, Crime & Corruption
15 Aug 09: Walk-Darling Harbour
11 Jul 09: Redfern Alexandria & Waterloo
06 Jun 09: Pubs & Publicans of Sydney
09 May 09 : C19th Sydney Firemen
18 Apr 09 : History of Darling Harbour
14 Mar 09: Bewitched!
Annual General Meeting 2009
Jan 2009 - Trade Hall
3rd September 2011: History Week

History Week and  “Eat History”

Laila Ellmoos
: ‘Tea and hominy’. Laila explored the politics of food for prisoners locked up at Sydney’s notorious Darlinghurst Gaol in the19th century.

Dr Margo Beasley
: ‘Hunger on the Hungry Mile’. Margo looked at the different types of food that working families ate on Sydney’s waterfront in the early 20th century.

Margaret Betteridge:
‘Off the menu’. Margaret’s talk was about the civic receptions and functions which were regularly held at SydneyTown Hall throughout the 20th century.

Dr Lisa Murray:
‘Sweet and saucy’. Lisa’s talk reminded us that Sydney’s industrial southern suburbs were an important site of food production in the 20th century, especially lollies, tomato sauce, jam, flour and beer.

The district of South Sydney has contributed to the growing and manufacture of food products for over 150 years. In the 19th century the Waterloo and Alexandria areas were the food bowl of Sydney with market gardeners producing the majority of Sydney’s vegetables. In the 20th century, food manufacturing was one of the industries that came to dominate the district, along with the glass, paper and steel industries. These factories provided employment to thousands of men and women in the inner!

Jams, condiments and sauces. These were well represented in the district.

Fountain Tomato Sauce

Pick-me-up Condiment Company

Foster Clark’s

Aerated water and cordial factories

Barrett and Co.’s Aerated Water Works

The Kia-ora Factory,

Confectionery. These can be divided into chocolate, sweet and ice cream factories, with some overlap.
was the home of Cherry Ripe.

Bendollar Chocolate Company.

Francis Chocolates  

Mastercraft chocolate factory was another big employer. Sweets included Pascals and Scanlan



White brothers. became known as the Great Southern Bread Factories and then merged with two other firms in to form Gartrell White Pty Ltd and these in turn became TipTop Bakeries


Iconic brands

Rosella Preserving & Manufacturing Co of Rosebery

Peters Ice Cream had a large factory in Chippendale.

The White Wings brand emerged in 1910s.

Schweppes started manufacturing here. In 1877 a plant was set up in Foveaux Street, Sydney.


The NSW Lager Beer Brewing Co. Ltd established a brewery on South Dowling Street in c.1895. The

plant, stock and goodwill were purchased by Edmund Resch in 1900. Resch bestowed the name

Waverley Brewery on the site.  

James Stedman - Henderson’s Ltd “Sweetacres”

Probably the most iconic confectionery was produced at “Sweetacres”.. It was at this Rosebery factory in 1922 that the iconic Australian sweet Minties was first produced. These were soon followed by other wildly popular sweets, such as Jaffas and Fantales

Further afield down in Botany municipality, there were other iconic brands, such as Kelloggs, who

have been producing cereals in Botany since 1928.

Dr Lisa Murray 2011