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28 January - Harry Melbourne, "Freddo" maker dies.

Unread postby Max ADU » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:40 pm

Today in Australian History
Sunday, January 28,

2007 - Harry Melbourne, creator of the Freddo Frog, dies at age 94

On futher investiagation Harry was reported by the Sydney Morning Herald had died on the 24th of January and not on the 28th.

The Freddo Frog is one of Australia's most popular children's chocolates and is considered an Australian icon. The chocolate is also sold in New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Although it began as frog-shaped plain chocolate, it now comes in a variety of flavours, and with a variety of fillings such as caramel, peppermint and strawberry.

It was invented in 1930 by Harry Melbourne, an 18-year-old moulder employed by MacRobertson's,

in 1930 when owner Macpherson Robertson disclosed that he was considering making a chocolate mouse. Melbourne suggested he reconsider, as he believed women and children were afraid of mice, and the chocolate would be unpopular.

Harry Melbourne suggested that each chocolate would be shaped like a cartoon frog, standing up and dressed. Macpherson Robertson accepted his suggestion, and the 'Freddo Frog' was born.

Harry Melbourne died on 28 January 2007, aged 94. At his funeral, his coffin was covered with a Freddo Frog flag.

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