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Zambian High Commissioner to launch cathedral bee hive at Wins Creek Meadery, Murrumbateman

Murrumbateman -

A unique beehive, called a Cathedral Hive, will be officially launched at Wins Creek Meadery at 3pm on Saturday 12 August. The hive was designed in the United States by Corwin Bell ( and built by Gerry Olah, co-owner of Canberra region's Uneke Furniture.

The Cathedral Hive is a variation of a traditional African log hive. His Excellency Mr George Kanyamula ZULU, High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia, will officiate at the launch, having a long interest in bees and having been intrigued by the Cathedral Hive at previous visits to the Meadery.

The hexagonally shaped hive is a rarity, and interestingly it is located inside the cellar door restaurant. Crafted to sit atop a wine barrel it is truly at home inside the Meadery.

The hive was installed in November, and features three large glass viewing panels. Bees can be seen expertly constructing honeycomb, raising their young, feeding their queen and making honey. A glass corridor provides a passage between the outside world and their hive.

“The hive that they're in is quite impressive, but even more impressive is what the bees have built" says Michael Devey, Wins Creek Meadery owner. "We hope to use this as an educational tool, to create interest in beekeeping, to raise awareness of the bees and their importance to our natural environment."

Key Facts and Figures

• Official launch, Wins Creek Meadery Cathedral Hive
• 3pm, Saturday 12 August 2017
• 18 East Street Barton Highway, Murrumbateman Village
• Journalists welcome, please RSVP Mike Devey 0408 260 164


The Wins Creek Meadery includes a cellar door for its handcrafted meads made from Wins Creek honey, and a restaurant that offers meals and platters to pair with the mead, using local and regional organic produce. A gift shop offers locally handmade ceramics, beeswax candles, handmade quilts, stained glass ornaments, and of course honey.


Contact Details

Mike Devey, 0408 260 164, 02 6227 5600

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