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Magnificent Obsession

A tale of triumph and ambition. This is the story of James Busby, the father of Australian wine.

The Founding Father of Australian Wine

In 1824, James Busby set sail for Australia, carrying vine cuttings for the new colony.

Intent on establishing viticulture in Australia, he obsessed over the vines and their survival; the fruit of his obsession is still found growing in vineyards across Australia to this day.

Busby’s
Magnificent Obsession

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  • Old buildings

    1801 - 1801

    James Busby is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Naval ship

    1824 - 1824

    Having studied viticulture in France, Busby emigrates to Australia with his family. With him, he brings vine cuttings that are planted in The Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney.

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