Sidney was only 10 years old when his father, Samuel, founder of Yalumba, helped him aboard The China for a 3 month voyage to the colony of South Australia.
He loved the blue skies and open spaces and toiled with Samuel, digging holes during cloudless Australian summers and reminiscing over misty and damp Dorset days.
Sidney listened earnestly to his father and became the assistant winemaker to him, particularly enjoying the making of tawny port and fino sherry which visitors and English migrants yearned for and loved.
Sidney helped bring Yalumba into the 20th century working with his sons Walter and Percival on creating a brand that was respected locally and in some of the colonial outposts of the British Empire. In 1907, he signed off on the design and contracts to build the magnificent marble winery that defines Yalumba today.