Tooheys Country Special Auburn Brewery Sydney


The Toohey family emigrated from Ireland and settled in Victoria, where they raised beef cattle during the goldrush boom. The elder son, John Thomas Toohey, purchased a cattle station near Lismore. The younger son, James Matthew Toohey, then about sixteen, ‘squatted’ on a large station near Coonamble.

During a visit to Sydney in 1869 John was informed that the Darling Brewery was for sale at a very reasonable price, and a year or so later he bought the brewery that stood at the corner of Dixon and Harbour Streets, at the western end of Goulburn Street. He persuaded brother James to join him as a junior partner in the brewery. They traded as J. T. & J. Toohey, and continued to use the name Darling Brewery.

In 1874 the Toohey brothers purchased the site of the old Albion Brewery. The brothers set about building a new brewery on the site, and when it was completed in 1875 it was an impressive series of stone buildings covering 2 acres. The main building was six storeys high, complete with an 80-foot tower. There were cellars below and a well, 200 feet deep, was sunk through solid rock. The brothers named their new complex the Standard Brewery, and used the old Darling Brewery as a store. The Standard Brewery was a success from the start, and depots were progressively opened at Newcastle, West Maitland, Goulburn, Orange, Narrandera and Wagga Wagga.

On the death of James Toohey in 1895 his son, John Thomas Jnr, joined the firm in partnership with his uncle, John. In 1902 the business was floated as Toohey’s Ltd, with members of the Toohey family engaged in various capacities until shortly after the end of World War I. By 1910 the brewery was capable of producing 2500 casks of beer per week. There were 400 employees, and 150 horses in the stables.

The year 1978 saw the transfer of all brewing operations to the company’s brewery at Auburn in the western suburbs. It had been officially opened in May 1957, and was first used for the bottling of beer, which was sent across by tanker from their Standard Brewery. 

This beer was launched in November 1981 and was only available in NSW.




This is a fantastic Australian brewery poster to compliment any wall. These prints
are highly collectable and a refreshing way to bring colour and verve onto any wall.
Our high quality art prints come professionally printed on art paper stock which
allows for a vivid image with exceptional colour vibrance and print quality. You will
not be disappointed with the quality and workmanship. We have an extensive
collection of brewery photographic and poster art and if you require something not
displayed on our site do not hesitate to contact us to see if we have it, you may be
pleasantly surprised.

We are adding new product and product types everyday. This piece comes in
multiple sizes for your convenience.

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