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Statue commemorates John James McWilliam and 100 years of winemaking 1877 -1977.
McWilliam became the pioneer of the wine industry in the area. "Plant a six-inch nail in this soil, water it and in a year you will have a crowbar" so said John James McWilliams when he arrived in Hanwood in 1913. The development of the Riverina region as a major wine producing area was primarily due to the foresight of the McWilliam family. The Riverina, and Hanwood in particular, was an area John James McWilliam – the son of McWilliam’s founder, Samuel McWilliam – had identified earlier as having the potential to service the growing domestic and export wine markets. In 1913, John James McWilliam planted the first vines at Hanwood, just 8kms south of the thriving agricultural town of Griffith in New South Wales; and in 1917 he established McWilliam’s Hanwood winery.
|Address:||McWilliams Road, McWilliams Winery, Hanwood Estate, Hanwood, 2680|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.349962|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Tom Bass|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 24th February, 1977|
JOHN JAMES MCWILLIAM 1868 - 1951
SON OF SAMUEL MCWILLIAM WHO FIRST MADE WINE
AT COROWA N.S.W. IN 1877.
'J.J.' ESTABLISHED VINEYARDS AND A WINERY
AT JUNEE, N.S.W., BEFORE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
AND IN 1913 BECAME THE PIONEER OF THE WINE INDUSTRY
IN THIS THE MURRUMBIDGEE IRRIGATION AREA.
TO SHOW THEIR RESPECT AND TO COMMEMORATE
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF WINEMAKING, 1877-1977
OUR COMPANY HAS ERECTED THIS MEMORIAL.
THE CLAN OF 136 SPANNING FOUR GENERATIONS
GATHERED AT HANWOOD TO CELEBRATE THIS EVENT
UNVEILED BY THE DESCENDANTS OF JOHN JAMES McWILLIAM
ON 24th FEBRUARY, 1977.