The legendary Australian winemaker Maurice O'Shea (1897-1956) founded the Mount Pleasant Winery near Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley (state of New South Wales) in 1921. He expanded the property by purchasing the Old Paddock Winery. In 1941, Mount Pleasant was acquired by Multi McWilliams. However, Maurice O'Shea remained cellarman at "his winery" until his early death in 1956, creating some of Australia's finest wines, including the famous white wine brands "Elizabeth" and "Lovedale" from the Sémillon variety. In his honour McWilliams founded the "Maurice O'Shea Award" in 1990. It is awarded to individuals or a group who have made a significant contribution to the Australian wine industry. Previous award winners include Max Schubert 1990, Len Evans 1991, David Wynn 1993, Orlando 1994, James Halliday 1995 and Wolf Blass 2000, and the Len Evans Tutorial in 2016.