A Legacy of Cheese
The decision by a young Danish man nearly a century ago to leave his homeland and seek his fortune means a lot to many Kenilworth residents.
If Peter Hansen had not travelled to London and taken up an offer of free travel to Australia for a year's farm labouring in Queensland, the chance of the town attracting and retaining a profitable cheese factory would have been slim indeed.
Peter Hansen landed in Brisbane on Christmas Eve 1900 and worked for a year in Toowoomba. At the end of his contract he was allowed to select 320 bush acres for himself at a place known as Box Gully near Malling.
Over the years Peter Hansen forged such a thriving dairy that he had to find use for the excess of milk he produced. His initial attempts at manufacturing traditional cheeses of his European homeland failed due to different climates, but he persisted until the highly successful Malling Red and Malling Roma cheeses were born.
One of Peter's original cheese makers was able to pass on his skills gained from spending time with Peter to a number of cheesemakers in Kenilworth. It was a small team of cheesemakers with the training of making cheese by hand that rescued the Kraft Cheese factory from Closure in 1989.
In September 1990, Kenilworth Country Foods Pty Ltd opened it's doors with Peter Hansen's Roma and Red Malling cheese as the cornerstone of a wide range of handcrafted cheddar cheeses.
Over the past decade Kenilworth Cheese has won numerous awards for its products at National and State shows.
So in typical Australian never say die manner yet another Aussie original is available and still made in traditional style at one of Queensland's last privately owned and operated cheese factory.
The company offers free cheese tasting at its factory:
45 Charles Street, Kenilworth
9.00am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday
10.30am to 3.30pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays