History & Milestones - 1909

On 15th December 1909, Bryant & May is Australian first match factory at Church Street, Richmond, Victoria. It was opened by The Honorable Alfred Deakin, Prime Minister of Australia, and Mrs. Deakin.

It was heralded by the first Commonwealth Government of newly-federated Australia because the government of the day was anxious to encourage secondary industry and pledged tariff protection of local manufacturers.

The Australian arm of Bryant & May has weathered various levels of tariff protection, industrial action, two world wars and competitors to take its place as a stalwart in Australian Commercial History.