1922 Minties invented by Sweetacres:
Minties were invented in 1922 by James Noble Stedman and marketed under the Sweetacres brand. They were patented in 1926. The chewy peppermint lollies became famous for the advertising line “It’s moments like these you need Minties”.
James Noble Stedman’s father, also named James, was the son of a convict. In 1854, at the age of 14, he began working for a Sydney confectioner William J. Cates. The firm went through several changes of ownership over the next 20 years and in 1875 James bought the business. He later opened a new shop and factory, Stedman’s Imperial Steam Confectionery Works. Many members of his family were involved in the company. Among his popular sweets, sold under the ‘Lion’ brand, were peppermints, brandy balls and bull’s eyes.
The family firm continued under the directorship of James Noble Stedman. In 1918 James moved the factory from the city to Rosebery and, after a staff competition, named the new site Sweetacres. This became the brand under which a range of sweets, including Minties, Fantales and Jaffas were sold.
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