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Biographical entry Robertson, Macpherson (1859 - 1945)

6 September 1859
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
20 August 1945
Kew, Victoria, Australia
Science patron and Industrialist


(Sir) Macpherson Robertson developed a steam confectionary works in the 1880s in Melbourne and introduced chewing gum and fairy floss to Australia. His company, Maize Products Pty Ltd pioneered the manufacture of glucose.

Archival resources

Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc

  • Macpherson Robertson - Records, 1880 - 1945; Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc. Details

Published resources


  • Robertson, J., MacRobertson: the Chocolate King., Lothian, South Melbourne, 2004, 256 pp. Details
  • Robertson, Jill, MacRobertson : the chocolate king, Lothian Books, South Melbourne, 2004. Details
  • Robertson, Jill, Macrobertsonland, Arcade Publications, Melbourne, 2010. Details

Book Sections

  • Clarsen, Georgine, 'The 1928 MacRobertson Round Australia Expedition: colonial adventuring in the twentieth century modern world', in Thomas, Martin (ed.), Expedition into empire: exploratory journeys and the making of the modern world, Routledge, New York: London, 2015, pp. 194-213. Details
  • Lack, John, 'Robertson, Sir Macpherson (1859-1945)', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 418-419. Also available at Details


  • Woods, C., review of MacRobertson: the chocolate king, Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 76, 2005, pp. 112-4. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.