Sometime in the mid-1700’s
John Boston is born in Birmingham, England. As a young
man, he became a staunch republican, which spurred his
decision to leave England.
John Boston recommends himself to the Colonial Office as
a surgeon and apothecary, versed in the arts of brewing
2 May 1794
John Boston, alongside his wife and three children, sets sail
for Australia aboard the HMS Surprize.
25 October 1794
The Boston family lands in Sydney and John begins his
trade of salting fish at Broken Bay.
Due to insufficient supplies of salt, John Boston offers his
skills to procure salt from seawater at Bennelong Point.
John Boston brews Australia’s first beer at Bennelong Point.
Initial excitement in Sydney Town quickly turned sour after
tasting the drop.
Boston eventually used his skills to become an Ocean
Trader in the South Pacific. Legend has it, John came
to his end at the hands of the hungry cannibals in the
200 years too late for John Boston, we finally got the brew
right. So when you’re savouring your beer at the end of the
day take a moment to thank the man who began it all.