Of all the countries that have acquired permission to develop and distribute Life Savers™️, Australia appears to have embraced The Candy with a Hole.

1914-1918

Life Savers...were reportedly discovered by Australian servicemen during WWI. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-12/life-savers-production-returns-to-australia/10994074

1922 

The article gives a good start to the history of the brand in Australia.

https://australianfoodtimeline.com.au/life-savers-australia/

1924

Sweets Sales Limited sends a Life Savers salesman to Adelaide.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129806782?searchTerm=Life%20savers%20candy

The Life Savers waggon (sic.) reached Adelaide, Australia 

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129862965?searchTerm=Life%20savers%20candy#

?1920s-1930s

This is a great color photograph of a Musk Life savers toy truck:

https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/707206/collector-closes-up-shop/

1930-1949

Pen-E-Mint, a Lifesaver product, was advertised via this transparency. Imagine, a roll for 1D (or three packets for 3D)!

https://collection.powerhouse.com.au/object/136395

Black and white box containing 18 rolls of lifesavers with dark blue and silver wrappers, and advertising "The Big Penny Mint 1D.", printed above the box is "Life Savers" and beneath:"Pen.E.Mint 3 Packets for 3D.", the words "Life Savers", "Pen.E.Mint" and "3D." are filled in with opaque pink paint. 

1934

In Sydney, a display containing a combination of Life Saver toy vehicles and candy was presided over by a famous soccer player, Sid Malcolm.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/94496557?searchTerm=Life%20savers%20candy#

1937

The William Smith Pavilion featured a Life Savers Australsia Ltd. exhibit including large and small packages, as well as Lifesavers Portmanteaux (small suitcases).

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/94690000?searchTerm=Life%20savers%20candy

Unknown, maybe 1940s?

Life Savers in dark blue were paired with Allen's Steam Rollers. (Later, Musk Life Savers were produced by Allen's.)

https://seniorsdiscountclub.com.au/threads/your-favourite-lolly.26987/

c. 1950

Scottish Highlanders adorned the 1950 showbag at the Melbourne Royal Museum. The following flavors were included: Butterscotch (hence, the decorations on the bag), Cryst⭕Mint, Stick⭕Pep, Orange and Lemon-Lime.

https://www.melbourneroyal.com.au/virtual-museum/collection/showbags/life-savers-showbag/

1954

Life Savers (Australasia) Ltd., 33-41 Nelson St., Annandale NSW, Sydney, Australia 

1954, 31 March, The Australian Women's Weekly

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c. 1960

Fruit are the decoration on the 1960 showbag. Its flavors included Mixberry, Stik-⭕-Mint, Cryst-⭕-Mint, Assort-⭕-Mint, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Blackberry, Five Flavor, Butterscotch, Thirst, Spear-⭕-Mint, An-⭕-Seed, Floral.

c. 1970

An Australian event showbag with samples advertised the following flavors: Pep⭕Mint, Thirst, Raspberry, Five Flavor, Musk and Spear⭕Mint.

https://www.melbourneroyal.com.au/virtual-museum/collection/showbags/life-savers-showbag-1970s/

c. 1970s (later) to earlier 1980s

I'm a little unsure about the dating on this set. Features:

  • "Thirst Disk" flavor has now been reduced to simply "Thirst"
  • Musk is not known as Allen's Life Savers Musk
  • "Life Savers" logo is smaller and proportion to the flavor names 
  • No company names are visible in this graphic 
  • If you look at the white mints floating behind everything, they are embossed with the singular "Life Saver."

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Duggan, Ross. Retrieved from Behance.net/gallery399

2018

"Darrell Lea announced the conditional deal on Thursday, and said production of Life Savers would move from New Zealand to Australia, where they were last manufactured in the early 2000s.

"The deal, which also wraps up a suite of other Nestle's New Zealand-made lolly brands including Odd Fellows and Mackintosh's Toffee, is Darrell Lea’s first big move since it was bought by Quadrant Private Equity for $200 million this year."

"Mr. York said about 20 million packs of Life Savers were sold in Australia every year." (Nick Toscano)

https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/life-savers-lollies-back-in-australian-hands-20180712-p4zr25.html

2019 New Zealand to Ingleburn

"The machinery was then pulled apart and sent by ship to Australia, where it has been reassembled, fine-tuned and switched on.

"We mix the powder here with the sugars, flavours and colours and then that powder is then put into a pressing machine where the Life Saver is pressed into shape," Mr. Byrne said.

"It then moves onto a packing line where it's rolled onto candy rolls, so there are three parts of manufacturing a Life Saver, then they roll off the line and we ship them to customers in the country.

"The Ingleburn factory produces all products in the Life Savers range, including Fruit Tingles."

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Retrieved from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-12/life-savers-production-returns-to-australia/10994074

The graphic to the right is one I use in my collection to see what I do and do not have from Australia & New Zealand Life Savers flavors. Not all of these flavors have been available concurrently. Fruit Tingles is playing heavily in their product lineup at the moment, available in plastic peg bags, as well as being mixed with chocolate.

2023, July 14

Life Savers Five Flavours fans have taken to the media to point out their frustration at the removal of this iconic flavor. Apparently Musk and Fruit Tingles aren't quite enough for them. It's also nice to know the brand has a senior marketing manager, Jodi Teasdale, who indicated to Australia's Sky News that “The Life Savers Five Flavour Hard Candy Roll is an absolute classic! We are not producing them at the moment, but we do have plans to bring this nostalgic classic back on shelves one day." I wonder whether they will use the original classic five flavours, or the more recent five flavors included in the United States?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/eat/life-savers-hard-candy-disappears-from-supermarket-shelves/news-story/380eeb9b30c8fe7d1aaa692fe197ebf0%3fam

 

SEE ALS⭕:

Lifesavers in the Age of Autos (including toys)

https://www.valutivity.com/index.php/research/65-life-savers-100-years-of-sweetness/296-life-savers-in-the-age-of-autos

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