Fran de Mars is looking for information on her grandfather and his ‘Exclusive Cakes’ shop. Can you help?
I have recently discovered that my grandfather, Charles (Charlie) de Mars had a cake shop Exclusive Cakes in Mosman back in the 1930’s/1940’s. We think it is where Hanna’s Cakes now stands (or at least one part of that premises) in Middle Head Road. If anyone has any information about the business or knew Charlie or his wife Eleanor (they lived at Cammeray), or children Bert (Hubert) and Dawn, could you please let me know, or any photos. Charlie was not only a wonderful pastry chef but a master cake decorator. His work was exquisite. No family photos have been kept of that period. His father Hubert, was a pastry chef from Paris who came to Australia in 1875 as a cook on the ship Lord Ashley. He resided in Parramatta.
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I do not know if I am on the right track as I am only new to searching for information on my Mums Father John Johnston which no one else had any luck so I decided to go about it from a few other angles. He had a sister called Mary Johnston in Australia. My mum remembers visiting her Aunty Mary at this cake shop whom she thought owned it. Mum also remembers a lady called Madam de Mars. Mum also remembers this lady was going out with Royalty and had letters from the then Prince of Wales.
Mum is 86 and her childhood was somewhat a roundabout with divorced parents and little money she would live with older sisters.
Please let me know if a Mary Johnston did work or was related to De Mars.