2019 Australia Day Ambassador - William (Bill) Lark
Whilst running my own Land Surveying practice in the 1980’s, together with three friends, I built and operated a hotel in Tasmania’s main ski field, Ben Lomond and at the same time wondered why someone wasn’t producing Single Malt Whisky in Tasmania. In May 1992, my wife Lyn and I obtained the first Licence to Distil spirits in Tasmania since 1839. Lark Distillery grew from the kitchen table and is now employing over 30 staff, exporting throughout the world and proudly recognised as an industry leader encouraging the growth of the Australian Distilled Spirits industry. I was a founding member of the Australian Distillers Association and The Tasmanian Whisky Producers Association and I am now affectionately known as the “godfather” of the Australian whisky industry. Lark Distillery was awarded Telstra Australian Small Business of the Year in 2014. I was personally awarded Hospitality Ministers Award for Excellence for “Contribution to the Industry” 2015 and at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2013 named “Ministers Champion”. In March 2015 I was inducted, No 28, into the World Whisky Awards Hall of Fame in the United Kingdom (1st and only Australian inductee). In 2012 I co-founded the Redlands Distillery in the Derwent Valley and I am still an active member of their board. Currently a sitting Board Member for Lark Distillery and engaged as Global Brand Ambassador for Lark.
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