I think it was Hels who mentioned an exhibition about Sir Macpherson Robertson KBE, better known as MacRob, at the Victorian Historical Society. We went along and took a look and it was very interesting. The exhibition closes on the 18th of December so there is still time for local people to visit. Entry is by gold coin donation.
The Society is housed in this old army building, the Army Medical Corps, in A'Beckett Street.
MacRob was a generous benefactor to Melbourne and we have a bridge, a school, a fountain and various other physical evidence of his generosity. His wealth came from the manufacture of confectionery, trading as MacRobertson and his factories occupied huge areas of the inner northern suburb of Fitzroy. There was some advertising reminding me of lollies I had long forgotten such as Milk Kisses and MacRobertson's Collection. The tins in which the sweets came are widely traded on ebay. The company was sold by his heirs to Cadbury in 1967 but some of his products still exist today, such as Cherry Ripe, Freddo Frog, Old Gold chocolate and Columbines.
My special interest is the nearby fountain which has just undergone renovation. It not the biggest, not the grandest but just a really nice fountain to sit and watch. To one side is a drinking fountain that drains into sculpted bowls for dogs to quench their thirst. Rather advanced thinking for 1934. The fountain was part of the celebrations for the State of Victoria's first centenary.
MacRob always had sugar models of large projects made.
The bottom photo is a depressing reminder of the 2000s drought when the fountain was shut down and fenced off with wire.