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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
George is elected as the third mayor of Taree and serves two terms in succession. He also grows a handsome beard.
George's two sons Edwin (back left) and Dolph (back right) join the company.
Through a partnership, the company became 'Saxby and Coleman'. Mr Coleman exited the business about 6 months later.
Archduke Ferdinand is assasinated in Sara-jevo starting the First World War. This had absolutely nothing to do with George Saxby.
Roy Saxby became the third generation to run the company. That's Roy with the glasses showing off his new label design.
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.
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.