The legendary Australian winemaker Maurice O'Shea (1897-1956) founded at Pokolbin in 1921 Hunter Valley (State of New South Wales) the winery Mount Pleasant Winery. He enlarged the property by buying the winery Old Paddock. In 1941, Mount Pleasant became a multi McWilliams acquired. However, Maurice O'Shea remained on "his winery" cellar master until his untimely death in 1956, creating some of Australia's finest wines, including the famous white wine brands "Elizabeth" and "Lovedale" of the variety Sémillon, In his honor, McWilliams founded the "Maurice O'Shea Award" in 1990. It is given to individuals or a group that has made a significant contribution to the Australian wine industry. Previous winners were among others Max Schubert 1990, Len Evans 1991, David Wynn 1993 Orlando 1994, James Halliday 1995 and Wolf pale 2000, as well as 2016 the institution "Len Evans Tutorial".