The Hazeldene Family
The Hazeldene story began in 1938 when 10 year old Dick Hazeldene was tasked with looking after brother Jacks 200 fowl while he went to pilot Wellington Bomber planes in World War II. Jack was sadly killed in the war and over the next 70 years, Dick devoted his life to turning those 200 fowl into a thriving central Victorian poultry business.
Hazeldene’s commenced in Kangaroo Flat, Victoria with various types of shedding and machinery being built by hand from the ground up. Dick and Mavis Hazeldene became a formidable partnership in 19XX and later extended their business out to Lockwood with Free Range chicken coops. Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm was incorporated in 1957 and has been growing rapidly ever since. With breeding and rearing farms, a hatchery, growing farms, and a processing facility all now scattered around the central Victorian region, the heart of the business still lies in the unassuming country area of Lockwood.
Founders Dick and Mavis are now retired, but remain Directors of the business, leaving the operation of the business to their three adult children and grandchildren.
John Hazeldene – Managing Director
Vicki Gaudion – Corporate Affairs
Peter Hazeldene – Director
Third generation Hazeldene’s continuing the family company (in the next generation) include:
Adam Hazeldene – Technical Services Manager
Brett Hazeldene – Process Technician
Lee Hazeldene – Production Stock Planning
Michelle Daniel – Brand Manager
Emma Hazeldene – Hatchery