Gawler descendant discovers Bunyip beer

THE British descendant of one of Gawler’s first mayors has reported back to The Bunyip about a familiar sounding beer he encountered at a festival near his home.

Andrew Loutit first spoke to The Bunyip in December 2013 – while travelling to Australia for The Ashes cricket series – about his own personal research into his great grandfather, Thomas Flett Loutit, who served as mayor of Gawler in 1867.

Mr Loutit contacted The Bunyip, again, this past week after being pleasantly amused, recently, to find a beer at the Oxford Beer Festival simply named ‘Bunyip’ – which is brewed in Sheffield,

Mr Loutit emailed the brewery, Neepsend Brew Co., to enquire about how it gave the beer its name.

“When I was in South Australia four years ago, I was doing some family research in Gawler because my great grandfather was mayor there in the 1860s and the town archivist (Brian Thom) insisted
on arranging for me to be photographed next to my great grandfather’s portrait and for it to be published in the local newspaper… strangely named ‘The Bunyip’,” he wrote in the email.

“So, you can see why I had to try your beer, and you will be pleased that I was not disappointed.”

Neepsend Brewery’s Gavin Martin explained the name derived from the hops used in the beer, which were grown in Victoria, with the “bunyip” being a mythological creature associated with the state.

Mr Loutit said he scored the beer highly and “it was the one I returned to at the end of the day to savour, and to reflect on a good day out”.


Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.