Emu Brewery

F Humphris & Sons

Jamestown Butter & Trading Co.


Edmund Humphris moved to Jamestown in 1872, where he had several jobs including butcher and land dealer. In 1878 Mr Humphris proposed building a brewery, along with James Bryan as the brewer for the company. James Bryan had previously brewed at the Strathalbyn and the Macclesfield Stag Brewery, but unfortunately James died just after the brewery opened leaving Edmund without a brewer. Brewing ceased in 1880 and the company went on to manufacture aerated waters and cordials. Edmund Humphris died in 1882 aged 41, leaving his wife Frederina to manage the business. Frederina started to manufacture sauces and pickles along with the waters and cordials as well as her sons joining the company, with these changes the company quickly grew and a second site was purchased in Adelaide, on Wakefield street, though this site quickly became unsuitable so a larger premises were found on Carrington street.

The Adelaide site was used to manufacture the sauces and pickles as the vegetables were cheaper in the city. By 1920 the company expanded again this time into Broken Hill, though this was short lived as the company went bankrupt in 1932 due to the great depression. The Jamestown Butter and Trading Company purchased the Jamestown factory and continued to operate until 1966.
 

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Emu Brewery

F Humphris & Sons

Jamestown Butter & Trading Co.

Brewery ID : 5.179.001

Established : 1879

Emu Brewery (Edmund Humphris)
1879 to 1882 - Cumnock Street, Jamestown
F Humphris & Sons
1882 to 1902
F Humphris & Sons Ltd 1902 to 1932
Jamestown Butter & Trading Co.
1932 to 1966

Brewery

 

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F. Humphris & Sons Ltd
Progressive Jamestown 1908

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South Australian Alamanac 1879

 

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The Advertiser, 2nd February 1901

Labels from the brewery

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5.179.001.001.0010
c1902

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5.179.001.002.0010
c1902

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5.179.001.003.0010
c1900

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5.179.001.004.0010
c1910

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5.179.001.004.0020
c1910

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5.179.001.005.0010
c1910

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5.179.001.006.0010
c1910

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5.179.001.007.0010
c1930

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5.179.001.020.0010
c1940

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5.179.001.021.0010
c1950

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5.179.001.022.0010
c1950

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5.179.001.023.0010
c1950

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Cordial


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Softdrink


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Softdrink


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Softdrink


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Wine