William Arnott is best remembered as the founder of one of Australia’s most iconic and recognizable brands, Arnott’s biscuits. The story of Arnotts began in a small bakehouse in Morpheth, in the 1860s.
William Arnott was a baker, biscuit manufacturer, a not so successful gold miner and a member of the Colonial Militia. William and his brother were bakers in Maitland until 1851 when they went to try their luck on the gold fields. William had better luck at baking then gold mining. He returned from the goldfields and set up another bakery in Maitland. As his business became more successful he moved to the William Arnott Steam Biscuit Factory in Newcastle in 1865.
‘William Arnott’s business was founded on hard work, integrity and insistence on quality.’ (Mander-Jones 1969)
Arnotts is now owned by an American company, Pepsico. Arnott’s biscuits continue to be manufactured in Australia, in factories at Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Shepparton.