Eamon Cleary Chair of Irish Studies
University of Otago

A beautifully written, meticulously researched account of the lives and fortunes of the early Guinness family in New Zealand and Australia, and of the development of Guinness brewing in the two countries. In order to capture the many aspects of this complex story of a family who became a world-famous brand, Rod Smith has skillfully woven genealogy, documented information, factual narrative, creative reconstruction​ and pen sketches into a compelling read. While parents provide our ticket of admission into life, it is families who operate the long-running shows in which we all perform—for better or for worse. Rod Smith’s "Guinness Down Under - the famous brew and the family come to Australia and New Zealand" - is utterly engaging.

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