About Us

kiri and annie in the garden

 

Our Name

Our business name was inspired by our desire to connect with country. The Brown Thornbill, we learned, is a tiny bird found along the east coast of Australia and that being our home as well seemed perfect as a name and symbol for our business.

 

Our Story

Kiri: After spending many exciting years living abroad and travelling the world with wide eyed wonderment, I found myself doing a full circle and returning to where I started, the coastal town of Newcastle NSW.

I always loved collecting little treasures from around the world to give to my family and friends as a way of sharing the joy I was having at the time, so with the help of my beautiful mother Annie and positive encouragement from family and friends, I started to cultivate an idea to create something special and uniquely Australian to share with the rest of the world.

Annie: After many years working as a visual arts teacher, I relished the thought of taking on a new adventure with my daughter Kiri and it was my late sister Sue, an art teacher herself working with indigenous students in the Northern Territory who brought our attention to the beautiful native foods Australia had to offer.

We began reading all that we could lay our hands on, went to bush food conferences, experimented cooking with a range of native ingredients and shared them with colleagues, family and friends. We finally settled on three popular flavours (and our personal favourites), lemon myrtle, wattleseed and Davidson plum presented in a beautiful gift box for your enjoyment.

 

Our Values

  • Respect, honesty and integrity
  • Commitment to social and environmental sustainability
  • Quality of product and service

 

Sustainability

We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and strive for ethical and responsible decision making in all areas of our business.

Our products are made from low environmental impact materials, such as natural fibres, eco-friendly inks, FSC stock and are designed for longevity, as keepsake items which can be reused or recycled.