Heritage

1853

Brothers James and Thomas Cuthbertson set sail from England on the 'Corramandel' bound for Melbourne but landed in Hobart Town, blown off course in the roaring forties. James Cuthbertson commenced his own business, making and importing shoes. James married, had two sons, and bequeathed the now flourishing business to his first-born, James II.

John and Eliza Blundstone arrived in Hobart around this time on the 'Conway' from Derbyshire. Like James Cuthbertson, John was also experienced in footwear manufacture, and he soon set up business in Liverpool Street, Hobart.

1892

By 1892, John had established a factory and expanded to premises on either side of Collins Street, and had taken his son into the business.

1902

John Blundstone and Son was formed and soon after, a purpose-built two story site was erected on Campbell Street.

1932

James and Thomas Cuthbertson purchased Blundstone Pty. Ltd. They amalgamated the manufacturing operations under the Blundstone name, and retained the family name for the tannery in South Hobart.

1979

Blundstone became the first Australian footwear manufacturer to receive a design award from the Industrial Design Council of Australia.

1986

Recipient of an Australian Export Award.

1989

Commenced manufacture of waterproof injection molded footwear (gumboots).

2000

Blundstone acquired another footwear company: John Bull Footwear, which was founded in New Zealand in 1934.

2004

Blundstone’s legendary comfort evolved with the introduction of SPS x~tra.

2010

Blundstone released the Xfoot range of premium safety boots, featuring revolutionary underfoot comfort and SPS MAX.

2011

Blundstone became the official naming rights sponsor of the world-class cricket facility at Bellerive in southern Tasmania, now known as the Blundstone Arena, Bellerive.

TODAY

Blundstone continues to expand around the globe, currently selling to over 50 countires across five continents. Despite growing to become one of the world's most recognisable boot brands, the company retains its Tasmanian roots and retains its family values.