Frederick Peters

Frederick Augustus Bolles Peters (1866-1937), founder of Peters Ice Cream, lived at ‘Ashtenaw’ (also known as “Cheriton’), 16-18 Kingsland Road, Strathfield from 1924 until his death in 1937.

A biography by G P Walsh of Peters is contained in the Australian Dictionary of Biography .

In brief, Peters was born in Michigan USA and moved to Australia in the 1890s. Peters was involved in a number of business ventures, but in 1907 he leased rooms in an ice factory in Paddington and set up Peters’ American Delicacy Co. Ltd, an ice cream company.  At this time, ice cream was not available in Australia.  By the 1920s, he established new works and companies across Australia.

Peters introduced refrigerated cabinets to Australia and was innovative in business investing in equipment, staff and quality controls.  Though he business suffered in the Depression, he was able to trade through.  He retired in 1936 and married a number of times.


  1. I am looking for descendants of Frederick Augustus Bolles Peters, of the Peters Ice cream family. He was born in 1866 and died in 1937. Are any of his grandchildren still alive?
    Thank you for your help.
    Suzanne Alder


    1. Suzanne

      I do not have any information on his children. The house was sold after his death and I don’t think the family stayed in this area. Maybe someone will notice your request and respond.



    2. I am his grand daughter Amanda Morton. My mother Judith Spicer (nee Peters) was his youngest daughter, born in 1921. I had a brother Geoffrey who died in 2012. I also have a cousin Jann Kuner who is the daughter of my mother’s older sister, Mary.


  2. Suzanne, I am a direct descendant of Frederick Augustus Bolles Peters, I am his Great Granddaughter. My father died in 2012 he was his only Grandson, my dad was 65. There are two granddaughters still living. If you would like anymore information please do not hesitate to contact me.



  3. I ‘am researching any photo’s and information on the MV “Frederick A Peters” named after the founder of Peters Creameries, was on the Manning River NSW from around 1943.


    1. Hi Graham,
      I am Frederick A Peters greatgrandaughter, on my fathers side MV Frederick A Peters was that a boat, and if it is I did not know he had a boat named after him especially in the Manning River and that would be funny since my mothers side of the family were born In Taree and surrounding areas , they were the Richardson’s, Martins, Andrews and so on.
      Please keep in touch with me
      Cheers Anissa Dutton


      1. Hi Anissa,

        Yes it was a boat on the Manning , collecting milk/cream for Peters creameries, not sure where it came from, not sure if was originally launched under that name or a different vessel renamed.
        Please keep in touch.


  4. I Myself , not a relation, But the two Daughters of Frederick Peters are my relatives,
    there mother being a daughter of John Mallard, his mother being Elizabeth Ball is my third g grandmother,,
    My great grandmother , her daughter Sarah Fuller, a half sister of John Mallared/Mullard..


    1. Hi Lawrence
      Thank you for your comments, any information or images of the vessel ‘Frederick A Peters’ from his daughters would be of great assistance in preserving the Maritime History of the Manning River.


      1. Hi Graham,
        A Family Member is doing research, I only know what I earlier indicated concerning Peters – Ball- Fuller..

        Names of children of Peters -Mallard Unknown..


  5. I believe I am a cousin of some form to the decendants of Frederick Peters as my grandmother on my father’s side had told the story that she was directly related to Frederick Peters, although what the connection was is currently unknown to myself, as she passed away in 2004 and those I have spoken to in my family are also not aware of the exact connection. If anyone in the Peters family can confirm if they have a known female relative (either decendant of Frederick or from one of his extended family members), born in the 1920’s in Sydney, with the initials of F.M. Peters, could you please let me know so I can correct trace my family tree.


    1. Elizabeth Ball, Convict to Australia, born Liverpool England.. 1819- September 5..
      she had three partner’s all with Issue, her first child Emily Sheridan, aka Fuller ..
      Her second Husband William Fuller , father of Sarah fuller bennett – Beard,
      G grandmother, of Myself , Lawrence arthur Bennett..
      after Emily sheridan, all other children, Fuller up to Wiliams Death..

      Elizabeth Ball’s third partner, John Mullard aka Mallard,
      they had a son John Mallard Junior, & daughter Phoebe Mallard,
      John Junior Mallard married Lucy Booth..
      they had 3 children, ( Mildred Matilda Mallard ).
      Henry Mallard, & Cecil Mallard.. Nothing known of Henry & Cecil…
      ( Mildred Matilda Mallard )
      was the second wife of Frederick Augustus Peters….
      Nothing known of any children, But think there were two daughters..
      Further information about Eliz’ Ball , Her mother Elizabeth Reynold’s,
      Eliz’ Reynolds mother ( Baker )..
      All the children of Elizabeth Reynolds, are my Relation’s, be they
      Sheridan ( fuller )… Or fuller, Or Mullard-Mallard ..
      and any ancestor’s from these people which would include
      children of Frederick Peters second Marriage..
      Lawrence Bennett NSW Australia..


    2. Hi Wes,
      I am the Great grandaughter of Mr Frederick Peters , I am sorry there is no one in the family with those intials, Freds first Marriage was a Canadian lady, they had two daughters Ruth and Dorothy, then he married my Great grandmother Mildred Mallard and they had Mary and my grandmother Judith, my grandmother was born in 1921.
      Mr Peters was American and he was the only one that came to Australia in his family
      I hope that this helps I have done the family tree and it is on Ancestry, if you need any more information message me and I will try to help
      Cheers Anissa


      1. Hi Anissa,
        I am a grandson of Sarah fuller, as far as I know, Mildred Mallard was her ( Half Niece )..
        I have most of the ( Fuller , Mallard Family in my ( Wiki tree )..
        My Mother often used to say there was a family Connection to ( Peters )
        this memory . From me, was the catalyst to getting most of what we have
        of the ( Sheridan, Fuller, Mallard, Family all from Elizabeth Ball, , My Second great Grandmother..
        I any information you would care to share, would be appreciated..
        Mildred goes well back in my family tree, Elizabeth Ball, to Liverpool England & More..
        Regards Lawrence Bennett ..


      2. Thanks Warren already had those three.

        Had an email from Margaret to say they are pouring the car park tomorrow.



  6. There were several boats collecting milk for the Taree factory ….another one was the Petersco. They were made redundant when farms moved from milk cans to tanks in the 1960s. I worked for Peters HQ in Redfern and responsible for expense coding including for the boats and trucks collecting the milk from the farms on various runs.


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