C1886

The Auldana Cellar.

View of the interior of the original Auldana cellars part of the Penfolds Grange winery at Magill (Adelaide). In 1844 the Penfold family, with daughter Georgina arrived in South Australia aboard the Taglioni. Also on board was Mary Penfold’s domestic … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Auldana Cellar.

Date:

C1886

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

150mm 
x 105mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Auldana Cellar. - Antique Print from 1886

Genuine antique
dated:

1886

Description:

View of the interior of the original Auldana cellars part of the Penfolds Grange winery at Magill (Adelaide).

In 1844 the Penfold family, with daughter Georgina arrived in South Australia aboard the Taglioni. Also on board was Mary Penfold’s domestic servant Ellen Timbrell. Prior to leaving England the Penfolds had paid a deposit to the Colonial Land and Immigration Commission. This enabled them on arrival to purchase 500 acres of land at Makgill, now Magill. The land was purchased for £ 1,200 from Edmund Trimmer and formerly belonged to Robert Cook and William Ferguson. There was a small cottage on the land built by William Ferguson. The Penfolds increased the size of the cottage and called it The Grange.4 At the time of purchase 200 acres were producing grain.5 This grain production along with Christopher’s income from his practice was able to sustain the family, whilst the vine cuttings he had brought from France were growing and maturing. As a doctor he was required to conduct post mortems, attend inquests, and assess the health of persons suspected of having a mental illness. He was also the 1st chairman of the Burnside Council. This kept him very busy so the farm and the vines were tended by Mary Penfold and Ellen Timbrell. Christopher became ill and died on the 26th of March 1870 and was buried at St. George Church Woodforde, where he was a member of the vestry.

By 1871 just a year after Christopher’s death, the stock on hand at the winey was 107,000 gallons (486,432 litres) one eighth of the total wine production in South Australia. In the early days Port and Sherry were the main production, but now Claret and Riesling had gained acceptable sales too. The two women had been running the property most of the time before Christopher’s death. They continued running it, so not a lot changed, it was still very successful. By this time, their daughter Georgina had married Thomas Francis Hyland. He was a public servant in Victoria where they both lived. By 1881 the amount of wine produced at Penfolds, was one third of South Australia’s total wine production.

In 1943 Penfolds acquired the Auldana winery next door to them at Magill. Their flagship was the award winning St. Henri claret. In 1956 John Davoren the winemaker at Auldana cellars created the very successful unwooded light claret using the St. Henri name.

William Crothers Fitler (1857 - 1915)

Fitler was born in Philadelphia in 1857 and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was a tonalist landscape painter and most of his works depict views of New York, Connecticut, or Long Island. Fitler was a member of the Salmagundi Club, New York Watercolor Club, Brooklyn Art Association, Artists Fund Society, and New York Municipal Art Society. Fitler came to Australia with Fred B. Schell and W.T. Smedley to work on Australia's most ambitious and largest colonial publishing venture the, Picturesque Atlas of Australia. On his return to America he exhibited widely and was included in shows at the National Academy (1880-1907), Brooklyn Art Club (1881-1886), and Boston Art Club (1881-1908).

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