Tuesday, 2 February 2016

TROVE Tuesday - Antoney's wines

My maternal grandmother had always told me that her grandfather, Joseph Antoney, grew grapes and made his own wine. So I was delighted to come across this snippet in TROVE.
1920 'ANTONEY'S WINES.', Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), 9 July, p. 6,
viewed 2 February, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article173786352

The transcription of the article is as follows:

Recently an officer of the Health Department, in pursuance of his duties, visited amongst, other vineyards' where wine was being manufactured that of Mr Joseph Antoney at North Eton. After inspecting the vineyard, the wine cellar where the grapes are pressed, and all the apparatus connected therewith he went to a shop where the wine was being retailed and procured a bottle of it, which he sent to the Government Analyst. The report received showed that the wine was the pure juice of the grape without any objectionable features. Mr Antoney now advises supplies can be obtained.

As Joseph came from the Azores Islands in Portugal wine would have been a staple for him. Perhaps my love of wine has been handed down the generations from Great Great Grandfather Joseph.

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