The prolific cookbook author, doyenne of Australian food, beloved grandmother and mother, Margaret Fulton has died at age 94.
Her grand-daughter, food writer and author, Kate Gibbs shared the news that the family was mourning the loss of their “treasured, inspirational and loving mother and grandmother” on Instagram on Wednesday.
The family have requested privacy at this time.
Australia’s ‘original domestic goddess’ was a trailblazer who is credited with bringing international cuisine to Australia. Fulton often explained that her love of cooking had been fostered very early on by her mother.
Working as the cookery teacher for the Australian Gas Light Company in 1947 ‘making scones, making pikelets, making little butterfly cakes’ was her first professional foray in food.
Sad to hear Margaret Fulton has died. I remember interviewing her when I was a baby journo and she was a riot. Feisty and a pioneer in her field. Huge legacy.
— Louise Milligan (@Milliganreports) July 24, 2019
Her seminal 1968 book The Margaret Fulton Cookbook was a runaway hit that sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world and made her a household name.
Fulton was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1983.
— Dr Darren Saunders (@whereisdaz) July 24, 2019
Her professional pursuits also included working as a teacher, a journalist, a writer and a cook and an advertising executive.
Fulton was the youngest of six children born in Scotland in 1924 and moved to Australia when she was three. Her father worked as a tailor in the NSW town of Glen Innes.
Margaret Fulton became a celebrity chef well before they actually existed and leaves a legendary legacy. Vale.