Brothers John and Robert Fewster came from England to Western Australia in 1892 to work in the gold mining industry. In 1898 they founded Fewster’s Farm in Muchea. Soon after John’s wife and three children joined him. Robert started a market garden from the farm.
The brothers first started beekeeping in 1916. Robert Fewster, a civil engineer, left several hives he had been given on the farm before going to South Australia to oversee the construction of drains and irrigation lines.
Beekeeping soon became a good source of income for 4 of the 6 Fewster sons- Nelson, Vince, Norman and Jim, (Kim Fewster’s grandfather). The beekeeping process then was similar to what it is now. Honey was collected from the ancient forests and bush land close to the farm. Then as transport became more modern, the Fewster’s would venture to Pemberton, for the much prized Karri honey and even as far as the gold fields.