History

The Story of Saxbys

1837

1830

George Saxby is born in Kent, England. He trains as a stonemason but also has a keen interest in chemistry particularly that of aerated waters.

1857

1857

George migrates to Sydney aboard the briquette 'Cornwall'. He boards a coastal trader to the Manning River and quickly becomes a prominent figure in the Taree community through his energy and enterprise.

1861

1861

With the help of a huge printing press, George starts up the region's first newspaper as well as serving as a local government councillor. One could say he was busy.

1864

1864

Tired of printing newspapers, and lucky for us, George, aged 27, establishes the aerated drinks factory then known as 'George Saxby Manning River' in Chatham making traditional English drinks, including his now famous Stone Ginger Beer.

1864

1864 ½

Saxbys Stone Ginger Beer was packaged in ceramic bottles, filled and corked by hand. Delivery took place by wheelbarrows or small floats down the Manning River to the Taree Wharf.

1868

1868

George is elected as the third mayor of Taree and serves two terms in succession. He also grows a handsome beard.

1899

1899

George's two sons Edwin (back left) and Dolph (back right) join the company.

1913

1913

Through a partnership, the company became 'Saxby and Coleman'. Mr Coleman exited the business about 6 months later.

1914

1914

Archduke Ferdinand is assasinated in Sara-jevo starting the First World War. This had absolutely nothing to do with George Saxby.

1930

1930

Roy Saxby became the third generation to run the company. That's Roy with the glasses showing off his new label design.

1964

1964

A famous fizzy brown drinks company from the United States offers to buy Saxbys from Roy. He thinks really hard for 5 minutes and refuses.

2014

2014

And so 150 years on and five generations later, we're all enjoying the great taste of Saxbys soft drinks including George's Stone Ginger Beer, made to an original family recipe.