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Biographical entry Callister, Cyril Percy (1893 - 1949)

16 February 1893
Beaufort (Chute), Victoria, Australia
5 October 1949
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Chemist and Food technologist


Cyril Callister developed the commercial yeast-extract "Vegemite" in 1924 and in 1926 became chief chemist for the Kraft Walker Cheese Co., developing processed cheese.


Born Chute, near Beaufort, Victoria, 16 February 1893. Died Melbourne, 5 October 1949. Educated University of Melbourne (BSc 1914, MSc 1917, DSc 1931). Lewis & Whitty 1915, Australian Imperial Force (Munitions Branch) 1915-19, Lewis & Whitty 1919-23, Fred Walker's 1923-26, chief chemist, Kraft Walker Cheese Co 1926-35, director from 1935. With Sir David Rivett, he secured the royal charter for the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 1931. President, Society of Chemical Industry of Victoria 1935-36.

Archival resources

Kraft Foods Ltd

  • Cyril Percy Callister - Records, 1920 - 1940; Kraft Foods Ltd. Details

Published resources


  • Callister, Jamie and Howard, Rod, The man who invented Vegemite: the true story behind an Australian icon (Millers Point, NSW: Murdoch Books, 2011). Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Farrer, Keith Thomas Henry, 'C. P. Callister - a Pioneer of Australian Food Technology', Food Technology in Australia, 25 (1973), 52-65. Details


See also

McCarthy, G.J.