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Biographical entry Best, Henry (1832 - 1913)

15 November 1832
Richmond, Surrey, England
27 April 1913
Congongella, Victoria, Australia


Henry Best established the Congongella Vineyard, Great Western, Victoria and became one of Victoria's better known winemakers.


Born Richmond, Surrey, England, 15 November 1832. Died Congongella, 27 April 1913. Some years on family cattle stations in western Victoria; prospected on various goldfields 1851; set up a cattle sale yard at Great Western; entered viticulture 1866 on land facing Congongella Creek. Planted a wide selection of grape varieties and his vineyard was very successful, with much of his wine being exported to Britain and Europe.

Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Henry Best - Records, 1868 - 1880, MS 8857; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.