Bundy Distilling Co celebrating 125 years of success

David Halliday, Mathew Boulton, Duncan Littler and Peter FitzSimons celebrate Bundaberg Rum's 125th.
David Halliday, Mathew Boulton, Duncan Littler and Peter FitzSimons celebrate Bundaberg Rum's 125th. Jack Tran

ON NOVEMBER 22, the Bundaberg Distilling Co will celebrate its anniversary and to mark the special event has named 125 ingenious Aussies.

These pillars of originality have been handpicked by noted historical author, Peter FitzSimons, a true barometer of ingenuity.

Among the 125 Australians listed is renowned aviator Bert Hinkler from Bundaberg.

As part of celebrations, the company has also set sail on the high seas to take its latest rum to major ports across the country.

The Bundaberg Rum tall ship dropped into Bundaberg this month ahead of a voyage to ports in Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney. 

  A handful of Bundaberg Distilling Company's most ingenious Australians:


  • CYRIL PERCY CALLISTER his Vitamin B-rich, brewer's yeast extract, now known as Vegemite, would become an Australian kitchen staple, quite like a bottle of Bundaberg Rum in the liquor cabinet
  • IAN NORRIS he tried a Penguin biscuit in England and decided to make "a better one". His delicious chocolate coated, ganache sandwiched biscuits, are now known by Australians as Tim Tams
  • LANCELOT LEONARD (LANCE) HILL the inventor of the Hills Hoist and the reason so many of our clothes are dry. We salute you
  • NED KELLY the infamous bushranger who invented and built the iconic helmet and armour, which allowed him to survive a barrage of bullets for 30 minutes. True, they got him in the end
  • LOUIS THORNET (LEWIS) BANDT a designer for the Ford motor company, he designed the first you-beaut ute following a request from a farmer's wife asking, "Can you build me a vehicle we can go to church in on Sunday without getting wet, and my husband can use to take the pigs to market on Monday?"
Australians love their Vegemite, first invented by Cyril Percy Callister.
Australians love their Vegemite, first invented by Cyril Percy Callister. Cathy Adams


  • DR SAUL WEINER when the spiders wouldn't stop biting, Dr Saul Weiner took the bite out of them, crafting the first red back anti-venom
  • VICTOR CHANG AC a pioneer in heart transplant surgery, he mended and replaced broken hearts and even created an artificial heart valve, extending the lives of thousands


  • JOHN IAN WING a 17 year old merry-maker with the creative idea for all athletes to mingle together with a freestyle walk and wave, rather than a stark march at the Olympic Games closing ceremony
  • BEN LEXCEN creator of the winged keel that ended the US's 132 year unbeaten run in the America's cup


  • TETSUYA WAKUDA like a BDC master craftsman, this flavour infuser mixed an unexpected combination of cuisines, which has become his gastronomic signature, winning a seat in the globe's top 50 restaurants for 10 years


  • BEE GEES like Bundaberg Rum, these brothers blend in harmony with a flavour like no other
  • DION LEE a young pup of 26, in a mere three years he has claimed victory in a bevy of fashion awards. Sewing up as the Australian winner of the International Woolmark Prize, he is pinned as one of the future's most important trend makers
  • REGINALD MURRAY WILLIAMS (R.M. WILLIAMS) he struck gold not only at Noble Nobs (NT) but also as an in-demand bush outfitter with a reputation for high quality leather goods including packsaddles and riding boots
  • HUGH JACKMAN a resounding "Huzzah!" from a truly satisfied audience is a sound that has graced the "Boy from Oz" on a multitude of occasions
Hugh Jackman is a favourite Aussie export.
Hugh Jackman is a favourite Aussie export. Bang Showbiz


  • DR JOHN O'SULLIVAN in the 1990s, O'Sullivan and his team at the CSIRO developed technology, which is now the most commonly used version of Wifi in laptops, smartphones and tablets
  • BRUCE THOMPSON it's like the old Australian saying goes; "if you build a better dunny they will also come". His royal flush was the "Duoset" dual flush toliet, penning his legacy to the history books and perhaps saving up to 67% of water in many homes


  • EDWARD GEORGE HONEY in 1919 he proposed "five little minutes only, five silent minutes of national remembrance" on the "eleventh hour of eleventh day of eleventh month" - an event now etched in history to commemorate soldiers of WWI
  • NANCY WAKE AC, GM a heroic female who banded with foreign compatriots, joining the French Resistance. Dubbed the "White Mouse" she became the most decorated woman of WWII


  • JESSICA WATSON OAM at 16, Jessica was the youngest person to sail non-stop unassisted around the world, and completed the journey in just seven months
  • HERBERT JOHN LOUIS "BERT" HINKLER AFC, DSM dubbed the "Australian Lone Eagle", his passion for aviation sparked when observing an ibis on a lake in everyone's favourite city - Bundaberg. He went on to be the first person to fly solo from England to Australia
  • DOUGLAS MAWSON OBE, FRS, FAA on an expedition in Antarctica he was suddenly alone and fighting for his life. Like a BDC master craftsman he was ever resourceful, fashioning a rope ladder and started to pull his sledge to safety
  • JACK GRANT flight attendants and air travellers rejoice as Jack Grant took a slide, formerly found only in the playground, inflated it and created the inflatable airline escape slide. Unlike a tipple of BDC 125th Anniversary limited edition blend, this slide is something we hope you never get to try
Jessica Watson sailed around the world at the age of 16.
Jessica Watson sailed around the world at the age of 16. Patrick Gorbunovs


  • THE CORK HAT GUY The thinker behind the legend, a jackaroo who attached corks to his hat with short strings to keep flies away.

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Are you partial to a drop of Bundy Rum?

This poll ended on 21 November 2013.

No, it's not my thing - 18%

I've never tried it - 0%

I don't mind it - 18%

I like it - 6%

It's the best drop in the world - 31%

I collect it and love it - 25%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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