Mary Penfold and Joseph Gillard Jr: A different view of the Penfolds Wines

Monday 18 August 2014

Mary Penfold and Joseph Gillard Jr: A different view of the Penfolds Wines

Presented by Dr Geoffrey Bishop

The origin of many wine companies is shrouded in vague ‘facts’ which, with a bit of good research, can be proven or dismissed. Penfolds’ Wines is a good example of this. For decades the company’s public relations ignored the role played by Mary Penfold, wife of Dr Christopher Penfold, and even after she was given some credit, the role of the company manager, Joseph Gillard Jr, was ignored. Come and find out who these two people were and what roles they played in building Penfolds’ Wines to the large wine-making concern it was by 1900.

Geoffrey Bishop studied agricultural science at the University of Adelaide, graduating with a PhD in Plant Pathology and currently works with Environments by Design in natural resource management. Historical research is a serious hobby, with a special interest in horticultural and wine industry history. He is currently writing a history of the former Vice-Regal residence at Marble Hill and amongst numerous other positions is currently President of the Historical Society of South Australia.

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Mary Penfold and Joseph Gillard Jr: A different view of the Penfolds Wines

Presented by Dr Geoffrey Bishop

The origin of many wine companies is shrouded in vague ‘facts’ which, with a bit of good research, can be…

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