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Rutherglen to Honour and Remember the Legacy of William (Bill) Chambers OAM


December 15th – In the early hours of Thursday 14th of December, the Chambers Family, the  community of Rutherglen and the Australian wine community lost a true pioneer,  mentor and lifelong friend, William (Bill) Chambers OAM.  

Bill contributed a lifetime to the passion and craft of the wine industry, so much so  he was awarded Life Membership of The Australian Wine Industry in 2005, leaving  a legacy and lasting guide on fortified wine in Australia for us all.  

The town and wine community of Rutherglen has lost a ‘mate’, a mentor and  supporter. He drove our innovation, provided guidance and shared his generosity  infinitely. 

Much more than that the Chambers family mourn the loss of their Husband, Father,  Uncle, Grandfather and friend. His “twinkling blue eyes”, stories and knowledge  sharing will forever live on through his loved ones.  

On behalf of the Chambers family, we would like to notify the community that  William (Bill) Chamber’s life will be celebrated at Chambers Rosewood Winery &  Vineyard, Rutherglen on Wednesday 20th December at 1pm.  

Light refreshments, fond memory sharing, smiles and tears will be shared  afterwards in the grounds of the winery and cellar door.  

For those unable to make it in person, the service will be live streamed with the  Tobin Brothers Corowa.  

Please continue to keep Wendy, Stephen, Kay, Allison, Sandra, Grant and  Margot, Michael and Belinda and their families in your thoughts. 

Service details: 

  • Wednesday 20th of December 
  • Chambers Rosewood Winery & Vineyard 
  • 178 Barkly St. Rutherglen VIC 3685  
  • 1:00pm with refreshments to follow


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