The confectionery kings: Robertson, Allen and Hoadley, 1875-1945
Mainstream historiography tends to regard confectionery as trivial and irrelevant. Yet, in the early to mid-20th century, one of Australia's richest entrepreneurs and most influential personages was a maker of sweets, Macpherson Robertson (1859-1945). His two major competitors Alfred Allen (1870-1925) and Abel Hoadley (1844-1918) were also figures of significant influence and worth in Australian economic life. In composite, this triumvirate presented a benign image of kindly craftsmanship and...[Show more]
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