I am Mimi Avery 5th Generation Avery in Averys, my father, Francis John still works in the firm and my grandfather Ronald, who really put us on the map, passed away in 1976. The business is listed as established 1793.
I was aware that projects of this sort had been done in the past so my first task was to locate these. This is easier said than done, if any of you are aware of my fathers filing system (folders of paperwork, unlabelled, in document boxes labelled “taken from top left drawer of desk) no note as to which office move this related to – most helpful. Luckily my ‘man’ on the ground was my mother, Sarah, at the family home, she manages to rescue important pieces and squirrels them away in the morning room cupboards. So it was with relative ease that she handed me my Grandmother’s bound selection of newspaper, magazine articles and eulogies post Ronald’s Funeral, along with Hilary Clout’s “A short History of Averys & Co Bristol” June 1979, K.C.Bourke’s “Wine Merchant out of Bristol”, circa 1969/70 and My fathers Oxford university summer dissertation “The problems of production, marketing and packaging of wines in the United States of America” oct. 1964.
I plan to continue the hunt and regularly blog and tweet the more interesting findings over the next few months to give you more of a feel of what we do, why we do it and how we do it so well.