Sweet and Saucy – Food Manufacturing in South Sydney

Do you have fond memories of rolling Jaffas down the cinema aisles, of attempting to tear your Minties wrapper into the longest strip possible, or getting Fantales stuck between your teeth?

These are just a few of the food products that were manufactured in South Sydney (in this case, by James Stedman-Henderson’s sweet factory in Rosebery) While the outskirts of Sydney on the Cumberland Plains served as the city’s food bowl for much of the 20th century, the industrial heart of South Sydney was where an abundance of factories produced and packaged foods like jam, tomato sauce, lollies, beer and flour for an Australia-wide market.

Dr Lisa Murray uncovers the history of food manufacturing in the suburbs of Redfern, Alexandria, Waterloo and Surry Hills, reminding us that Sydney has long been a place of industry and production.


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