Doreen Dulcie Webb, aged 2 years and one month; and Edward Eric Webb aged 4 years and 8 months of 11a Burren Street Erskineville appeared in an advertisement for Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuits in February 1919:
A check of the registry of Births Deaths and Marriages’ Family History Search allows for the identification of the births of Doreen (in 1916); and Edward (in 1914) to Edward and Neta Webb.
Their home – 11a Burren Street Erskineville appears in the Sands Directory for the first time in the 1915 edition, indicating it was completed some time the previous year. The first occupant was Edward Webb – and the Webbs remained at 11a Burren Street for many years, appearing for the last time in the 1926 edition.
Unlike other Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuit advertising of the time, there is no mention of the ‘Arnott’s Living Pictures’ or ‘Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuit Children’ slogan. Instead, the claim that the biscuits ‘make bonnie children’ draws the reader’s attention to the biscuit’s positive virtues.
And that’s it. Just a single appearance of young Doreen and Edward Webb; and just one appearance of the Arnott’s line to ‘make bonnie children’ can be identified from the National Library of Australia’s Trove collection.