Waratah Wines, Peel, Newman & Co., Sydney

Waratah Wine PN & Co Claret Sealed Bottle

26 oz Green, claret shaped bottle. Applied seal to shoulder: Waratah Wine, PN & Co. Circa 1895-1898.

A Spirit merchants licence was granted to the firm of Peel, Newman & Co, 29 O’Connell Street, Sydney in November 1895.  Over the next year or so they advertised their “Waratah Brand” Wine in The Catholic Press (Below is an example from 7th December 1895).

Peel Newman Waratah Australian Wine Advertisement 1895Over the ensuing years there are only brief mentions of Peel, Newman & Co and/or their Waratah Wine. At least one of the partners must have had an involvement with Pigeon shooting as they donated prizes to the New South Wales and Brighton Gun Clubs for this activity. They gain a brief mention in at least one wine show as gaining a prize, and in 1897/8, Waratah wine (Claret and Hock) is being sold via W. MacPherson’s bottle department at the Barley Mow Hotel (as advertised in The Catholic Press and the Illawarra Mercury). The partnership was not to be long lived however and on the 9th December 1898 The Sydney Morning Herald published the following Public Notice:

Notice is hereby given that the PARTNERSHIP hitherto existing between the undersigned, THOMAS PARK PEEL and CLAUDE EDWARD LUSCOMBE NEWMAN, under the name or style of Peel, Newman, and Co., at No. 29 O’Connell-street, Sydney, in the trade or business of Wine and Spirit Merchants, has this day been DISSOLVED by mutual consent. The said THOMAS PARK PEEL will pay all the debts and liabilities due by, and receive all the debts due to, the said late firm.

Dated this fifth day of December, 1898.
Witness to signature of Thomas Park Peel – HAROLD RAWLINGS
Witness to signature of Claude Edward Luscombe Newman – HAROLD RAWLINGS.

With reference to the above notice, I have this day taken Mr. JAMES BOWEN PAIN into Partnership, and the business will from henceforth be carried on at the same address, under the name, style, or firm of PEEL, PAIN, and CO.
Dated this fifth day of December, 1898.

The company did indeed continue as Peel, Pain and Co., and there are some advertisements mentioning the Waratah Wine brand continuing but as yet no sign beyond about 1901. Something for a bit further study.

The bottle it should be mentioned is extremely rare. The example pictured is the only one currently known to bottle collectors but perhaps there is a bottle or two lying in a forgotten cellar somewhere? There is no mention in any of the advertising as to the origin of the wine itself. The Hunter Valley is the likely source but there were significant vineyards elsewhere in New South Wales that could also have been providers.

Waratah Wine Glass Shoulder Seal Claret Wine

Further reading and sources:

The Catholic Press, Sydney. 7th December 1895, p13
Evening News, Sydney Saturday 9th January 1897. p2.
Evening News, Sydney Thursday 11th March 1897 p2
The Maitland Weekly Mercury Saturday 17th April 1897, p16.
The Catholic Press, Sydney. Saturday 24th April 1897 p2
The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 9th December 1898, p1.

Glenlinton Vineyard, Whittlesea (Victoria)

Glenlinton Claret Bottle

Glenlinton Vineyard, Whittlesea, Claret. Proprietor: R. E. Dawson. 46 Prize Awards.

Firstly, the bottle itself here looks to be about 1900s-1910s. However given bottles were commonly re-used for years during the early 20th century the label could be anything up to the 1930s. Trawling the records might lead to a rough idea when Glenlinton had in the vicinity of 46 Prizes as stated on the label!

Robert Ernest Dawson bought the Glenlinton property in 1902 and sold in 1937. Although the news reports found so far are brief it appears that the vineyard expanded pretty strongly until the late 1920s. Undoubtedly the depression slowed business and although only a guess, the death of Dawson’s eldest son Leigh in September 1929 at the age of 26 could well have  derailed any succession planning. News reports show that 1935 was the final vintage.  R. E. Dawson described as an ex vigneron died at Black Rock on 16th December 1945. During his life he had also been appointed as a Magistrate in 1910, and to the Royal Agricultural Society in 1935.

A few articles:

The Argus (Melbourne), Saturday 10th April 1926. Page 18.


The vintage of Mr. R. E. Dawson’s Glenlinton vineyard promises well, and picking should commence shortly. The wine from Mr. Dawson’s cellar has gained many prizes, and is sought after by many on account of its good quality.

The Australasian (Melbourne), Saturday 8th May 1926. Page 15.


Mr. R. E. Dawson’s Glenlinton vineyard is situated near Whittlesea, and covers a little more than 50 acres. Each year Mr. Dawson plants out fresh areas and has replaced some of his fruit trees with vines, the returns from which are more profitable. More cellar accommodation has recently been provided. Picking for the season is now in full swing.

The Advertiser (Hurstbridge), Friday 11th November 1927. Page 2S


…Mr. R. E. Dawson, of “Glenlinton” Vineyard, supplies the wines, and is always prominent in the wine section in connection with the Royal Show.

The Advertiser (Hurstbridge), Friday 12th April 1929. Page 4.


WHITTLESEA: All hands are busy taking off the crop of grapes at the annual vintage at Mr. R. E. Dawson’s “Glenlinton” vineyard at Humevale.

The Advertiser (Hurstbridge), Friday 25th April 1930. Page 8.


The vintage at Mr. R. E. Dawson’s Glenlinton vineyard at Humevale is now in full swing. The prospects are good.

The Advertiser (Hurstbridge), Friday 26th April 1935. Page 2.

Humevale: The continued rain is delaying vintage operations at the Glenlinton Vineyard.

The Advertiser (Hurstbridge), Friday 22nd May 1935. Page 4


About People. General satisfaction is expressed in the Whittlesea and Arthur’s Creek district at the appointment of Mr R. E. Dawson, J.P. of Glenlinton Vineyard, Whittlesea, to the council of the Royal Agricultural Society. Although Mr Dawson was appointed on the nomination of the Viticultural Association of Victoria to look after the interests of the vignerons of the State he has taken an active part in all local affairs for many years, having been president of the Whittlesea Agricultural Society, vice president of the District Football Association, and occupied several other leading positions. For some years he took an active part in the preparation of the Whittlesea district exhibit at the Royal Agricultural show and has been an annual exhibitor of wines at that show. He has a stud flock of Border Leicester sheep, and prior to the war was an exporter of apples to the English and German markets, so that he is a good all-round producers’ man. It is gratifying to the district that it has now direct representation on the governing body of the Royal Agricultural show.

The Argus (Melbourne), Friday 17th January 1936. Page 11S


The last remaining vineyard in what may be termed the Lilydale belt within a radius of 30 miles from Melbourne was not pruned this year, and there is every indication that this vineyard, “Glenlinton,” Whittlesea, has made its last vintage.

The Argus (Melbourne), Saturday 24th April 1937. Page 4


FRIDAY, APRIL 30. 1937.
At Half-past Three O’clock, Scott’s Hotel,
By Public Auction.
A well-improved, good grazing property, with vineyard of 40 acres, having an excellent reputation for the production of the best light wines.
AUSTRALIAN MERCANTILE, LAND. AND FINANCE CO. LTD (Incorporating J. M. Peck and Sons) have been favoured with Instructions from R. E. Dawson, Esq., to offer as above Glenlinton, situate Humevale, 30 miles G.P.O., and within close proximity of Whittlesea railway station.
Very nice homestead, beautifully situated, and constructed of concrete and W.B., containing 9 large rooms, large hall, wide verandah, sleep-out, E.L., H. and C. water, nice garden, water laid on; stables, sheepyards. and dip; all necessary outbuildings.
Well fenced and subdivided into 14 paddocks, abundantly watered by 7 dams, 2 underground and 3 elevated tanks, windmill, &c.; 50 acres fallow, and about 80 acres sown down.
40 acres vines, extensive cellarage, complete wine making plant, and about 18,000 gallons of caskage, Glenlinton is celebrated as producing the best light wines, claret, hock, and chablis in Victoria of late years, exactly similar in climate and type to the famous Upper Yarra wines of 20 to 50 years ago. Whenever exhibited at the Royal Show, Glenlinton wine has been among the prize takers. There is always a good demand from wine merchants for the Glenlinton vintages, and Mr. Dawson at present has sold right out.
This attractive property is for genuine sale, having been in present owner’s possession for 35 years, and is most adaptable for grazing and the raising of fat lambs; most desirable for a city man requiring a good country home, handy to Melbourne.
For Further Particulars, Terms, &c., Apply to
(Incorporated in England),
122 William Street, Melbourne