Edward Tyrrell

Edward Tyrrell

1835 to 1909
1st Generation

Edward Tyrrell was 19 years old when he arrived in Australia in 1854. Edward originally moved to the Hunter Valley to take up dairy farming. When he saw the land, he marveled at the thriving vineyards that had been planted along the Hunter River. He settled on 320 acres of land abutting the edge of the Brokenback Range. Known to this day as “Ashmans” property named after family holdings in Suffolk, England.

In 1858, Edward Tyrrell built his first dwelling – a humble single roomed ironbark slab hut, which still stands proudly today. Edward was predominantly interested in the two varieties of grapes the Hunter was already having great success with and making its own: semillon and shiraz. The first vintage was harvested in 1864.

Edward died in 1909 aged 74. In 51 years at “Ashmans”, he planted about 70 acres of vines on land that turned out to be one of the best vineyard sites in the Hunter Valley. The “book-end boys” Dan and Avery were the next generation of Tyrrell to put their weight behind the wine industry. Dan was 18 years old when he took over many of the vineyard operations from his father in 1889. Dan and Avery formed a formidable winemaking and grape growing team, leaving Edward sure his sons would continue the vision he had nurtured in his ironbark hut.

Our History

Edward Tyrrell was 19 years old when he arrived in Australia in 1854. Edward originally moved to the Hunter Valley to take up dairy farming. When he saw the land, he marveled at the thriving vineyards that had been planted along the Hunter River. He settled on 320 acres of land abutting the edge of the Brokenback Range. Known to this day as “Ashmans” property named after family holdings in Suffolk, England.

In 1858, Edward Tyrrell built his first dwelling – a humble single roomed ironbark slab hut, which still stands proudly today. Edward was predominantly interested in the two varieties of grapes the Hunter was already having great success with and making its own: semillon and shiraz. The first vintage was harvested in 1864.

Edward died in 1909 aged 74. In 51 years at “Ashmans”, he planted about 70 acres of vines on land that turned out to be one of the best vineyard sites in the Hunter Valley. The “book-end boys” Dan and Avery were the next generation of Tyrrell to put their weight behind the wine industry. Dan was 18 years old when he took over many of the vineyard operations from his father in 1889. Dan and Avery formed a formidable winemaking and grape growing team, leaving Edward sure his sons would continue the vision he had nurtured in his ironbark hut.