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Arnott's history is Australian history


Portrait of William Arnott

The story of Australia’s favourite biscuits begins a long time ago and a long way away, when a little boy named 
William Arnott is born in Scotland.

Tall ships at Newcastle harbour

After completing an apprenticeship as a baker and confectioner, William and his brother David board the ship Sir Edward Parry bound for Australia’s shores.

Illustration of diggers travelling to the gold rush

With the gold rush of the early 1850s, William is lured to the fields by the promise of fortune. Little did he know, he wouldn’t strike gold until he went back to his passion of baking breads and pies.

Photo of Arnotts first factory

Armed with little more than a knack for baking, William opens his first factory in Newcastle – and it isn’t long before the Arnott’s name becomes synonymous with a different type of golden nugget: delicious sweet and plain biscuits.

Old Arnott's logo with macaw parrot

On returning from a visit to his native Scotland, William is gifted a colourful macaw parrot by a ship’s captain – a fated fowl that would become the face of Arnott’s biscuits for more than 150 years – and counting.

Old Arnott's delivery van

By this time, Newcastle’s best kept secret is out. Arnott’s famous biscuits are sent to Sydney by the ship load and a fleet of bright red delivery vans donning the company’s peckish parrot.

Photo of Arnott's family members

After becoming Australia’s founding father of biscuits, William retires and soon after passes away – but not before leaving his family with 
all the knowledge they need to follow in his footsteps.


Old Arnott's products poster

In the decades that follow, William’s sons go on to create some of the country’s most iconic bikkies, from, melt-in-your mouth Scotch Fingers to decadent Shortbread Creams.

Tim Tams and TeeVee Snacks

Tim Tams and TeeVee Snacks are released and become quick Aussie favourites.

Woman dunking Tim Tam in coffee cup

The Tim Tam Slam was invented in 1983 and has been the country’s most iconic way to enjoy a cuppa ever since.

Plate of Milk Arrowroot biscuits

More than one hundred years after Arnott’s was founded on a steadfast insistence on the finest quality, the company celebrates its 125-year anniversary as Australia’s favourite biscuit company.

Quote - Creating moments for real connection for Australian families when they need it most.

With a goal of giving back to the families and communities that have supported Arnott’s across generations, the Arnott’s Foundation was created, fostering moments of real connection for Australian families when they need it most.

Arnott's 150 years logo

One and a half centuries on from the first factory William Arnott opened in Newcastle, Arnott’s celebrates its 150th birthday, setting its sights on the next 150 years with a year of product innovations and community events.

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What have we been up to?

Celebrate Coeliac Awareness with Arnott's Favourite Gluten Free Recipes

Celebrate Coeliac Awareness with Arnott's Favourite Gluten Free Recipes

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Arnott’s Premium Indulgent Range

This is Arnott’s, but not as you know it. With an exquisitely crafted new sweet and savoury collection, this is truly something else, from Arnott’s.

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