Oyster Company (Proprietary) Limited was founded on 26 July 1949. The
principal share holders were Thesen & Company (Pty) Ltd and the
Fisheries Development Corporation.
| Since as early as 1949 the
Knysna Oyster Company has been titillating gastronomes from all over the world
by cultivating the Finest oysters on our beds in the pristine Knysna River
Estuary. That's over 54 years experience in producing the tastiest oysters in
| Oysters, best known for their
reputed aphrodisiac powers, have been a favourite of food lovers throughout the
centuries, beginning with the Roman Emperors who paid for them by their weight
The Memorandum of Association states one of the objects for which the Company
was established as:
"To establish and promote
cultivation and growth of oyster beds and oysters in South African
This the Company has done with great success, and today it stands
proud as the oldest and biggest oyster farm in South Africa, a testimony to the
spirit of adventure of the founding members.
all started in 1946 when Mr. Bright, a retired wine merchant, investigated the
possibility of setting up an oyster farm in the Knysna River Estuary. It had
never been attempted in South Africa before, even though the cultivation of
oysters was a common practice in Europe.
Through the influences of Mr. Spooner (General Manager of the Fisheries
Development Corporation) enough basic knowledge was attained to motivate the
starting of a business. The relationship that started there lasted for more
than twenty five years. In the late 1970s both the Fisheries Development
Corporation and Thesen & Company (Pty) Ltd sold their shares to a
consortium of private owners.
Since then the Company has changed hands on a number of occasions, with the
current owner (Mr. V. Rice) taking ownership in September 1999.
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