Author Jamie Callister remembers his grandfather Cyril, the inventor of Vegemite, 100 years on

Karen Hardy
June 3 2023 - 5:30am
Author Jamie Callister and his new book; a ration can of Vegemite from World War II; the ultra-modern Kraft Walker factory on the Yarra River in 1928; Reg and Cyril in London in 1916. Pictures supplied
Author Jamie Callister and his new book; a ration can of Vegemite from World War II; the ultra-modern Kraft Walker factory on the Yarra River in 1928; Reg and Cyril in London in 1916. Pictures supplied

Jamie Callister can vividly remember one particular breakfast from his childhood. He and two brothers and three sisters were seated around the dining table in their suburban Melbourne home, ready to head off to school. Their father, Bill, was slathering his toast with Vegemite when he announced to his children that his father, Cyril, had actually invented the iconic Australian spread.

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Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy

Canberra Times lifestyle reporter

I've covered a few things here at The Canberra Times over the years, from sport to education. But now I get to write about the fun stuff - where to eat, what to do, places to go, people to see. Let me know about your favourite things. Email: karen.hardy@canberratimes.com.au

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