Sharpe Brothers

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Sharpe Brothers

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1903 - 1972


The family business of cordial manufacturers was founded in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1903 by John Sharpe. Sharpe later migrated to Australia and established the soft drink business that was renowned for its ginger beer brewed in gallon stoneware jars. After Sharpe's death in 1926, his sons William Ewart and John Hocken continued the business. In 1962 the business was taken over by Tarax Drinks Holdings Limited, with John Hocken Sharpe becoming an executive in charge of its Sydney Home Delivery business and later a Managing Director of Tarax. Tarax Drinks Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries were taken over by Cadbury Schweppes Australia Limited in 1972.


Branches in Wanganui, New Zealand; Adelaide, Albury, Ballarat, Bathurst, Forbes, Geelong, Goulburn, Lithgow, Melbourne, Newcastle, Orange, Sydney, Tamworth, Warrnambool, Wollongong

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beverage manufacturing

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Entered from deposit description on 29 Jun 2011




Remember That Heavenly Ginger Beer? A History of Sharpe Brothers

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