HISTORY IN A BOTTLE:  Husk Distillers founder Paul Messenger with Tumbulgum Community Association president Jenny Kidd (left) and Curator of Collections and Programs at Tweed Regional Museum, Erika Taylor
HISTORY IN A BOTTLE: Husk Distillers founder Paul Messenger with Tumbulgum Community Association president Jenny Kidd (left) and Curator of Collections and Programs at Tweed Regional Museum, Erika Taylor

A toast to Tumbulgum with one-of-a-kind bottle of rum

TWEED Regional Museum has secured a rare piece of local history in a one-of-a-kind bottle of rum from local producers Husk Distillers.

Husk Distillers announced the release of limited-edition rum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Tumbulgum village.

"1866 Tumbulgum Rum" was officially launched at Tumbulgum as part of the Tweed River Festival on November 12.

1866 was the year the Tumbulgum Village was formally established. Bottle 001 of 1866 Tumbulgum Rum was auctioned online, with proceeds to Tumbulgum Community Association.

Museum acting director Kate Gahan said the museum had secured the bottle for its permanent collection and it would be on public display in 2017.

"The bottle tells many stories about the shire, and indeed the region; from the history of the ongoing economic development of the Tumbulgum area, to the rise of paddock-to-plate agribusiness and sustainable craft-based food production," Ms Gahan said.

"What is especially unique about the stories this bottle represents is the ongoing change in local sugar cane production, which has a long history in the shire," she said.

"Based on a cattle and cane farm at Tumbulgum, Husk Distillers uses its own freshly crushed sugar to craft the rum.

"It also utilises waste from sugar cultivation and distillation on the farm to treat weeds and feed animals.

"Husk Distillers has adapted to small-scale cultivation, harvesting and crushing of cane to use its own crop.

"This change is a departure from more traditional local sugar cane production methods.

"The museum is pleased to be able to tell this story through this new acquisition for current and future generations."


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