Our Heritage

Blundstone.

Pull-on comfort since 1870.

Blundstone Australia tracks its heritage back to the mid-1800s. Despite having grown into one of the world’s most recognizable boot brands, Blundstone headquarters remains in Tasmania under family ownership, keeping intact long-standing ideals and principles—not the least of which are a total devotion to comfort, ease of use, simplicity of design and value for money spent. Blundstone is a local legend, but good news travels, and, happily, so do Blundstone boots—all the way to Canada.
Blundstone Canada has been walking the walk in Canada since re-booting the market 20 years ago freeing Canadians from laces, footwear fashion trends, and boots that are more clunk than comfort.
Blundstone boots are a tradition, not a trend, and as you’ll see from the history notes listed below, it’s a tradition that’s got some kick to it.
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1853

John and Eliza Blundstone arrive in Hobart from Derbyshire, England. John, an experienced bootsmith, sets up shop in Liverpool Street, Hobart, Tasmania. This was a great comfort to the people of Hobart, who forever after went shoeless, but not bootless!
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1892

John establishes a factory and expands to premises on both sides of Collins Street. Takes his son into the business.
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1902

John Blundstone & Son is formed and a two-storey factory is erected on Campbell Street.
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1932

Brother James and Thomas Cuthbertson purchase Blundstone Pty. Ltd. They merged the manufacturing operations under the Blundstone banner and retain the Blundstone family name for the tannery in South Hobart.
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1953

Sir Harold Cuthbertson, father to James and Thomas, steps into the role of managing director and propels the business successfully for 51 years.
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1960

An unpredicted surplus of stock leads to Blundstone for the first time exporting boots. They begin shipping boots to Papua, New Guinea—the first Blundstone export market!
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1979

Blundstone becomes the first Australian footwear manufacturer to receive a design award from the Industrial Design Council of Australia, the largest active body promoting industrial design in Australia.
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1989

Blundstone begins manufacture of waterproof injection moulded footwear (gumboots).
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1990s

Tourists and visitors to Australia discover Blundstone boots and begin buying the humble “work” boot for casual footwear. “Word-of-foot” spreads quickly and order requests begin to trickle into South Hobart from around the world.

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Today

Blundstone retails to over 450 dealers throughout Canada. Blundstone Canada continues to deliver boots, along with exemplary customer service, across Canada.

Blundstone has covered a lot of ground since 1870, but they never left that place that they fit like, well, a nicely worn boot. It’s a place called comfort. Everyday comfort made to last. That’s what Blundstone stands for. 

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