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Company History

Mighty Helpful, Mitre 10

THE RIGHT NAME IN HARDWARE...
FOR OVER 50 YEARS IN AUSTRALIA

It was on 29 June 1959, that our founding fathers met in Reg Buchanan's home in Balwyn, Victoria, where they made the historic decision to form a hardware/building supplier group. Legend has it, that the Mitre 10 name was born out of a subsequent visit to the reknown drinking premise, the Mitre Tavern, but our founding fathers would say it comes from the carpentry term to join two pieces of timber together at a 90 degree angle. By forming Mitre 10, the foundation members etched their names in history as a part of a hardware industry transition from the independent to the group retailer.

The founding fathers were Jack Womersley, Tom Molomby, Tom Danaher, Reg Buchanan, and Ian Nisbet.

1959

Eight independent hardware retailers formed Mitre 10

1960

New South Wales company formed

1962

Queensland company formed

1964

Licensing company created

1975

Licensing company became unlisted, public company: Mitre 10

1995

Merger of New South Wales and Queensland companies

1996

Southern region company combines Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia & Western Australia operations

2000

All regions combined into a newly created national structure: Mitre 10 Australia Pty Ltd

2006

New Constitution for Mitre 10 Australia Pty Ltd Unfettered license rights granted to Mitre 10 Australia Pty Ltd

2010

Mark Laidlaw appointed as CEO. Metcash acquires 50.1% of Mitre 10

2011

Mitre 10 signs up Scott Cam as brand ambassador

2012

Metcash acquires 100% ownership of Mitre 10

2015

Mitre 10 launches it's first store of the future in Sebastopol, Victoria

Today

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Brand Evolution

Brand Evolution