The Arnott’s celebrates 150 years website describes the ‘Living Pictures’ advertising campaign as running from 1892 until the 1950s and involving tens of thousands of proud mums sending in testimonials with portraits and photographs of their well–fed babies. The lucky few would have portraits of their children featured in print.
The mothers of Erskineville were no different, with over 20 children featuring in advertising from the late 1890s to the late 1920s. Of these, what appears to be the most frequently published and long-running featured Hazel Harris, aged 2 years and 10 months, of 226 George Street Erskineville. Young Hazel first appeared in 1910 and continued to feature in newspapers around Australia until 1918.
A breakfast of of Milk Arrowroots soaked in hot milk and sugar? No wonder young Hazel is pictured standing on her chair.
226 George Street Erskineville (on left)
with 228 George Street (former grocer) at junction of George and Macdonald Streets
The Harris family make one appearance, in the 1911 Sands Directory, seemingly residing at 226 George Street for a short time only before moving on:
1911 Sands Directory – George Street East Side
A check of the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages shows Hazel D Harris was born to John and Ellen E Harris, in the district of Lambton (Newcastle) in 1907.
By 1918, (still aged 2 years and 10 months) – and having appeared around Australia as an Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuit Girl, the metal printing mould had probably seen better days, perhaps the typesetter was having an off day, or someone had over-inked the press, Hazel Harris made what might have been her final appearance in the Broken Hill Barrier Miner: