Image: City of Sydney image libraryMargarine was developed in the mid-1800s in France. Meadow Lea was the first margarine marketed in Australia.  The brand was founded by Oliver Triggs , a Melbourne grocer who moved to Sydney and began a manufacturing operation. Early margarines often contained beef fat and were viewed as a cheap butter substitute. Until the 1960s, to protect the dairy industry,  regulations prevented the addition of yellow colour.