Australian family beekeepers since the 1880’s. Welcome to the Beechworth Honey story.
Honouring generations of beekeeping knowledge and traditions.
Rich in heritage and family history, Beechworth Honey is one of Australia’s best loved iconic brands.
For over 140 years, our family have been keeping bees around Beechworth producing pure and natural Australian honey. Traditions, techniques and tales are now being passed from the 4th to the 5th generation. Stories of success and failure, hard work and determination and an enduring love for nature and the environment that sustains us.
What drives us
Driven by our values
Integrity, fairness and respect are values embedded in our company and brand. We treat our customers, beekeepers and the environment as we would like to be treated. We strongly advocate and act for an industry that supplies pure, unadulterated Australian honey.
Australian honey you can trust that
drives change for a healthier planet.
Our history - five generations of beekeeping
Born in Beechworth, Benjamin Robinson (Jodie’s great-grandfather) grew up on the Victorian goldfields and spent his younger years as a gold miner. Never striking it rich, he switched to producing liquid gold in his 20’s and established a small beekeeping business on the outskirts of Beechworth. Benjamin was the first generation beekeeper in the Beechworth Honey family.
William & Clive – Benjamin ’s two sons both took up beekeeping, expanding the operations into a fully fledged business. William went on to become the inaugural President of the North East Apiarists Association, advocating for the protection of local forests from logging.
Alan Robinson (Jodie’s father) & his brother Keith bought beehives of their own and began as commercial beekeepers, following in their father Clive’s footsteps. Jodie’s mother Jan soon joined the business and with her young daughter in tow, carved out a legacy for female beekeepers.
Jodie and her new husband Steven Goldsworthy pooled their modest savings and bought 500 hives of their own, along with a truck. With nothing behind them and independent from her parents beekeeping business they set about building Beechworth Honey into the brand we know and love today.
All three of Jodie & Steven’s children have grown up in and around the hives, and keep their own bees. The fifth generation of Beechworth Honey beekeepers.
Our family heritage in Australian beekeeping gives us a unique perspective on the future. For us it’s about more than honey. It’s about maintaining a fine balance to keep 100% Australian honey and all the foods pollinated by Australian beehives on your table for generations to come.
The practice of keeping bees is 100% dependent on a healthy and sustainable environment. Our life’s work is to make a real and tangible impact in the way people understand, purchase and value their honey.
One of the greatest joys of beekeeping is working in beautiful Australian landscapes. Understanding and respecting the delicate natural ecosystem that is home to bees and pollinators provides endless inspiration. We are privileged to share the unique character of the Australian landscape through our honey.
Fronting our advocacy work
You never know where life will take you. Jodie never imagined most of her work would be about protecting bees and advocating for actions that would improve the sustainability of the Australian beekeeping industry. Her passion for bees and food security combined with being a fourth generation beekeeper has lead her to build a legacy in addition to having created Australia’s largest independently owned specialist honey group.READ MORE