Who is
George saxby?

Our history starts with the story of one man: George Saxby.

Born in 1836 George Saxby grew up in Sydney after his family migrated from Kent, England in 1839 looking for new opportunities. A stonemason by trade, an ambitious young George boarded a coastal trader to the Manning River in search of further adventures.

Combining his life-long fascination with the chemistry of aerated waters with his entrepreneurial spirit, a 27-year-old George Saxby established his first drinks factory at Chatham, just near Taree in 1864.

Named “George Saxby, Manning River”, the factory was created to brew his now famous Stone Ginger Beer in large wooden casks, before being packaged in ceramic bottles, which where filled and corked by hand.

Once a batch was completed, small floats would take cases of these bottles to Taree wharf, where they were dispatched to shops in the local area, usually by wheelbarrow.

From these modest beginnings, Saxbys Soft Drinks is now in its fifth generation and George Saxby’s delicious range of soft drinks, from a wide range of flavours to his original Stone Ginger Beer recipe, are now enjoyed Australia wide.

The story of Saxbys is as unique and refreshing as the taste of our renowned stone ginger beer.

Time Travel with george saxby

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