Adolph  Frederick Andrew Brockhoff

Adolph Frederick Andrew Brockhoff

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  • Name Adolph Frederick Andrew Brockhoff 
    Born Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Son of Frederick Brockhoff and Elizabeth Dill


      1882 Brockhoff?s Biscuits founded

      Brockhoff Biscuits baker character Adolph Brockhoff established his flour mill and bakery in North Melbourne in 1882. His son Frederi's Biscuits Pty Ltd. Brockhoff's were makers of popular favourites including Chocolate Royals, Chocolate Ripple, Salada and Shapes. The company amalgamated with Arnotts in 1964 but the brand persisted into the 1970s.

      Adolph Brockhoff

      While many of Australia's early biscuit makers had a Scottish background, Adolph Brockhoff was German born. He had served in the Union army during the American Civil War before migrating to Australia and starting a general store in Port Fairy, Victoria. Brockhoff's Biscuit Company was to remain in family hands until the 1960s. Frederick Brockhoff led the family firm until the 1930s, after which management passed to his sons Alan, Harold and Jack. The youngest son, Jack Brockhoff, became Managing Director and largely led the direction of the company for the next five decades.

      The 1930s saw the introduction of several biscuit varieties that are still around today, including Savoy Crackers and Chocolate Ripple biscuits. There were many other 1930s favourites that have vanished along the way, including Currant Shorties, sugar-sprinkled Trellis biscuits, Crispettes and Nutrola.

      In 1951 the Brockhoffs purchased a market garden site in the (then outer) Melbourne suburb of Burwood, where they built a modern factory, opened in 1953. It was to continue in operation until 2002 and residents of Burwood have fond memories of the enticing odours wafting from the Brockhoff's Biscuits factory.
      '?s friendly baker character was a feature of their advertising from the early days. The sheet music for their popular jingle was published in the 1950s and promoted as ?a cheery little song for young and old?. The lyrics ran:

      Cover of Brockhoff's Biscuits jingle sheet music,
      Clap hands, here comes the Brockhoff baker,
      Clap hands here comes the biscuit man,
      With his oven-crisp biscuits, tasty and nice,
      So rich with butter, sugar and spice,
      Clap hands for the Brockhoff biscuit man.

      Jack Brockhoff led the company into a merger with Arnotts and Guests in 1964, forming the Australian Biscuit Co. Ltd and acquiring Swallow & Ariell. The purpose of the alliance was to thwart the ambitions of the American-owned Nabisco Pty Ltd to establish a significant presence in the Australian market. The individual brands were maintained for some years but after the company was floated as a public company in 1970 they were subsused into the Arnotts brand. Jack Brockhoff continued to manage the Melbourne operations until 1973 and remained a director of Arnotts until his death in 1984.

      Death.
      BROCKHOFF-.On the 26th of August, Elizabeth, wife of Fr. Brockhoff, Schwerin, Mecklenbourg, Germany, mother of of Adolph Brockhoff (Kimpton and Brockhoff), Melbourne, and August Brockhoff, of Fitzroy, in her 68th year.
      The Argus, Melbourne, Wesnesday, 19 Oct 1881

      An action claiming £5000 damages for breach of promise of marriage, brought by Mabel I. Jose, of South Melbourne, against Adolph F. Brockhoff, of Caulfield, his been
      compromised, the defendant having agreed to pay over a sum of £900 to the plaintiff.
      Camperdown Chronicle, Victoria, Monday, 15 Jun 1896


    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Oct 1923  "Nlthsdale," Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • BROCKHOFF.October 9th at his residence, "Nlthsdale," Caulfield, Melbourne, Adolph Frederick Brockhoff, aged 83 The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, New South Wales, Saturday, 13 Oct 1923

      At his residence, Nithsdale, Kambrook road, Caulfield (V.), on October 9, the death occurred of Mr. Adolph Frederick Brockhoff, aged 82 years. He was the founder of the firm of A. F. Brockhoff and Co., biscuit manufacturers, of West Melbourne.
      The Australasian, Melbourne, Victoria, Saturday, 13 Oct 1923

      Record information
      Event: deaths
      Registration number 14151 / 1923
      Family name:BROCKHOFF Given name(s)
      Adolph Frederick Andrew
      Place of event: CAULFIELD, Australia
      Personal detail
      Mother's name , Elizabeth
      Mother's family name at birth DILL
      Father's Name: , BROCKHOFF Frederick
      Victoria Death Index

      Louise Theordore Elizabeth Adolphine Dill

      Birthplace Schwering, Germany
      Aged 82.

      Adolph Frederick Brockhoff
      Birth unknown
      Death 9 Oct 1923
      Australia
      Burial
      St. Kilda Cemetery
      St Kilda, Port Phillip City, Victoria, Australia
      Memorial ID 98714129
      Created by: Grave search
      Added: 12 Oct 2012
      Find a Grave Memorial 98714129

      Spouses

      Jessie Brockhoff
      Birth unknown
      Death 12 Aug 1894
      Australia
      Burial
      St. Kilda Cemetery
      St Kilda, Port Phillip City, Victoria, Australia
      Memorial ID 98714023
      Created by: Grave search
      Added: 12 Oct 2012
      Find a Grave Memorial 98714023

      Mabel Evelyn Chandler Brockhoff
      Birth 1878
      New South Wales, Australia
      Death 17 Jun 1922 (aged 43?44)
      Burial
      Rookwood Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria
      Rookwood, Cumberland Council, New South Wales, Australia
      Plot M1 Section 3 Block 8 Plot 46
      Memorial ID 148908639
      Created by: jlong
      Added: 9 Jul 2015
      Find a Grave Memorial 148908639


    Buried St. Kilda Cemetery St Kilda, Port Phillip City, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17005  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2020 

    Father Frederick Brockhoff,   b. Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1889, Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth Dill,   d. 26 Aug 1881, Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6088  Group Sheet

    Family Jessie Scott Douglas,   d. 12 Aug 1894, Nithsdale, Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 31 Jan 1867  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • BROCKHOFF-DOUGLAS.-On the 31st ult., at the residence of the bride's mother, by the Rev. James Taylor, of Baptist Church, Collins-street, Adolphe Frederick Andrew Brockhoff, of Schwerin, in Mecklenburg, Germany, to Jessie, second daughter
      of the late Thomas Douglas, Esq., merchant, of Edinburgh, Scotland.
      The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria, Saturday, 2 Feb 1867

      Record information
      Event:
      marriages Registration number 892 / 1867
      Family name: BROCKHOFF
      Given name(s) Adolphe Fredk Andrew
      Personal detail
      Spouse's family name: DOUGLAS
      Spouse's given name(s) Jessie Scott
      (Victoria Marriage Index)
    Children 
    +1. Fredrick Douglas Brockhoff,   b. 1868, Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1961, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F6085  Group Sheet

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    Adolph Frederick Andrew Brockhoff
    Adolph Frederick Andrew Brockhoff

    Australian food history timeline
    1882 Brockhoff’s Biscuits founded
    Adolph Brockhoff established his flour mill and bakery in North Melbourne in 1882. His son Frederick took over the company in the 1890s, renaming it Brockhoff’s Biscuits Pty Ltd. Brockhoff’s were makers of popular favourites including Chocolate Royals, Chocolate Ripple, Salada and Shapes. The company amalgamated with Arnotts in 1964 but the brand persisted into the 1970s.
    Adolph Brockhoff
    Adolph Brockhoff

    While many of Australia’s early biscuit makers had a Scottish background, Adolph Brockhoff was German born. He had served in the Union army during the American Civil War before migrating to Australia and starting a general store in Port Fairy, Victoria. Brockhoff’s Biscuit Company was to remain in family hands until the 1960s. Frederick Brockhoff led the family firm until the 1930s, after which management passed to his sons Alan, Harold and Jack. The youngest son, Jack Brockhoff, became Managing Director and largely led the direction of the company for the next five decades.

    The 1930s saw the introduction of several biscuit varieties that are still around today, including Savoy Crackers and Chocolate Ripple biscuits. There were many other 1930s favourites that have vanished along the way, including Currant Shorties, sugar-sprinkled Trellis biscuits, Crispettes and Nutrola.

    In 1951 the Brockhoffs purchased a market garden site in the (then outer) Melbourne suburb of Burwood, where they built a modern factory, opened in 1953. It was to continue in operation until 2002 and residents of Burwood have fond memories of the enticing odours wafting from the Brockhoff’s Biscuits factory.

    Brockhoff’s friendly baker character was a feature of their advertising from the early days. The sheet music for their popular jingle was published in the 1950s and promoted as “a cheery little song for young and old”. The lyrics ran:

    Cover of Brockhoff's Biscuits jingle sheet musicClap hands, here comes the Brockhoff baker,
    Clap hands here comes the biscuit man,
    With his oven-crisp biscuits, tasty and nice,
    So rich with butter, sugar and spice,
    Clap hands for the Brockhoff biscuit man.

    Jack Brockhoff led the company into a merger with Arnotts and Guests in 1964, forming the Australian Biscuit Co. Ltd and acquiring Swallow & Ariell. The purpose of the alliance was to thwart the ambitions of the American-owned Nabisco Pty Ltd to establish a significant presence in the Australian market. The individual brands were maintained for some years but after the company was floated as a public company in 1970 they were subsumed into the Arnotts brand. Jack Brockhoff continued to manage the Melbourne operations until 1973 and remained a director of Arnotts until his death in 1984.
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    Brockhoff-jngle
    Clap hands, here comes the Brockhoff baker,
    Clap hands here comes the biscuit man,
    With his oven-crisp biscuits, tasty and nice,
    So rich with butter, sugar and spice,
    Clap hands for the Brockhoff biscuit man.

    Australian food history timeline


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