29th October – William Macarthur – Aussie Wine Pioneer Died Today 1882

Hon Sir William Macarthur was born at Parramatta in December 1800, the fifth son of John and Elizabeth Macarthur, pioneers of the Australian wool industry. He was educated in England at Rugby School, returned to Australia with his father in 1817, and assisted in the management of his estates. These … [Read more...]

28th June – Peter Lehmann Dead Today 2013

Legendary Barossa Valley winemaker Peter Lehmann has died aged 82. Mr Lehmann had battled kidney disease for years and died this morning in the Royal Adelaide Hospital after being admitted earlier this week for an operation. He is survived by his wife Margaret, their two children, two children … [Read more...]

25th April – Petty Bureaucrats Squash ANZAC Tradition Today 2010

A new liquor law has been introduced in Victoria for Anzac Day that aims to stop war veterans running into drunken revellers on their way to dawn services. The Liquor Control Reform Amendment (Anzac Day) Act 2010 will prohibit licensed venues from selling alcoholic drinks between 3am and 12pm … [Read more...]

19th March – Father of Houghtons White Burgundy – Jack Mann Born Today 1906

Houghtons White Burgundy is a classic Aussie white that everyone with grey hair remembers with a smile on their lips and a tingle on the tongue... Jack Mann MBE (19 March 1906-1989) was an influential winemaker in Western Australia and devised Houghton White Burgundy, a wine that became the … [Read more...]

26th January – Australia Day Today so Let’s Celebrate

26th January, 1838 Tennessee became the 1st state to prohibit alcohol. On January 26, 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became its first Governor. The first official celebrations were held in 1818 to mark the 30th anniversary of white … [Read more...]

3rd January – Busby Collection of Vines Arrives Sydney Today 1833

1833 January - Busby collection of 437 cuttings from the Montpellier Botanical Gardens and 133 from the Luxembourg Gardens arrives aboard the convict ship 'Camden' in Sydney. The collection is placed at the disposal of the ‘His Majesty's Government’ into the Sydney Botanic Gardens. 3rd January, … [Read more...]

6th May – First Cooper’s famous Sparkling Ale Today 1862

Thomas, a shoemaker by trade, emigrated from Yorkshire to South Australia, with his family, in 1852. For the first decade in Adelaide he worked at his trade and then as a stonemason. In 1862 he began brewing some ale using his wife's recipe, for she was an innkeeper's daughter. At first the ale, … [Read more...]

5th May – Maurice O’Shea Died Today 1956

Maurice O'Shea (13 June 1897- 5 May 1956) was one of Australia's most respected winemakers, and is often referred to as the father of Australia's modernwinemaking. Maurice was the son of Irish born wine and spirit merchant John Augustus O'Shea (d.1912) and Leontine Frances, née Beaucher. Maurice … [Read more...]

5th May – Colin Thomas Preece Born Today 1903

Colin Thomas Preece, winemaker, was born on 5 May 1903 at Alberton, Adelaide, sixth of seven children of South Australian-born parents Thomas Henry Preece, miller, and his wife Elizabeth, née Stanners. Young Colin attended Unley High School and planned to manage the family's flour mill at Tumby Bay, … [Read more...]

3rd April – Sunday Alcohol Sales in Queensland Legal Today in 1970

On April 3, 1970, Sunday alcohol sales were introduced in Brisbane, Australia. Sunday sessions were from 11AM to 1PM and 4PM to 6PM. Following introduction of Sunday alcohol sale sessions in Brisbane, there were significant increases in the number of Sunday casualty and reported property damage … [Read more...]