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The Thomas K. Hardy Story

My great great grandfather Thomas Hardy arrived on the shores of South Australia in

1850, from Devon England as a 20-year-old. He went to work for pioneer vigneron, also

from Devon, John Reynell at Reynella just south of Adelaide.

In 1851 he joined the gold rush to Victoria and although finding no gold his

entrepreneurial flair led him to drive herds of cattle from south of Adelaide to feed the

hungry miners. Over 18 months he made a small fortune and in 1853 bought land at

Bankside on the banks of the Torrens River near Adelaide, married his cousin Johanna

and began his own wine enterprise. By 1894 he was Australia's largest wine producer.

In the year 2000, following a 35 year career as a winemaker, wine merchant and wine

author, I founded Thomas Hardy Wines Pty. Ltd.. On the 6th May 2003 my grandson

Thomas J. Hardy the first of the 7th generation of the family was born to my son

Thomas W. Hardy.

Featured on the label are six generations of the Hardy family in Australia, left to right,

Thomas Hardy of Devon, Thomas Nathaniel Hardy, Tom Mayfield Hardy, Thomas

Walter Hardy, Thomas Keith Hardy and Thomas William Hardy.