Mr Whippy

Mr Whippy was a major source of panic amongst Melbourne households during summer holidays. As soon as you heard his faint musical tune getting louder, a mad rush ensued to find a parent willing to part with a few coins. You then had to sprint & hopefully catch Mr Whippy before he merrily made his way to the next street, oblivious to the devastation he left behind if you weren’t fast enough.

Mr Whippy van of the 70’s

His ice cream was the creamiest and most delicious! You could have it dipped in chocolate, hundreds & thousands, or topped off with a flake. You could also opt for a cup with nuts & topping. Lime was my favourite! Mr Whippy’s pink van was a delight to children & adults alike, especially when he pulled up right outside your house!

8 Replies to “Mr Whippy”

  1. Hi Adrian I was born and bred in SW London our regular whippy van was 173 dxe wouldn’t it be ironic if your dad drove that van in brixton

  2. My Dad was one of the first Mr Whippy drivers back in 1962. His name was John Garnham. He used to run out of the Bermill Street depot in Rockdale. Sadly, we returned to the UK in 1963 and he worked for a short time for Mr Whippy in London.

    1. we always had walls at home, but Mr. Whippy arriving in your street, was the exciting event that spurred a crowd of people standing for an ice cream.. not walls. Both were good for different reasons

  3. Everytime we heard the vans music we would beg to be allowed to buy one. Mum always used to take forever to find her purse, I’m sure she did it on purpose.

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