The highest-ranking official in New South Wales and keen Flow Hive beekeeper His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, was an early adopter of Flow Hive technology and recently dropped in for a taste of Flow’s own homegrown honey.
You might be surprised who owns a Flow Hive.
From famous actors and celebrity chefs, to big-name musicians and big wave surfers, many people of note have been inspired to take up beekeeping thanks to Flow.
One such person is the Governor of New South Wales.
After a visit by Flow Hive co-inventor Stuart Anderson to Government House last year, it was fitting that His Excellency stop by the Flow Hive office during his whirlwind tour of the far north coast of NSW to talk beekeeping and get hands-on with the new Flow Hive 2.
Having retired from an esteemed military career spanning 42 years, Governor Hurley is what you might call a pretty serious (Flow Hive) customer, and the decision to include the revolutionary “honey on tap” harvesting system at the Government House apiary was a considered one.
The Governor first saw the invention mentioned on TV and it seemed to tick a lot of boxes for him.
In his discussion with Stuart, the Governor talked about the Flow Hive as being innovative, important to agriculture, important internationally and, most significantly, about it being a NSW invention.
Two of the four hives he keeps at Government House are Flow Hives. Half the honey from his small apiary is used in the Government House kitchen, the other making excellent gifts for dignitaries, including His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and fellow beekeeper, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall.
During his visit, the Governor noted that his honey was particularly well received by officials in China.
The Government House honey is called ‘Isabella’, after the ship that brought the first European honey bees to Australia.
If the Governor meets someone named Isabelle or Isabella, he is happy to present them with a jar of honey from Government House.
After harvesting, Governor Hurley took questions from local media, shared morning tea with the inventors, Cedar and Stuart Anderson and Mrs Hurley, before heading off to other commitments in the region.
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley appreciating the honey flow varieties.