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Mr Roy Galvin commenced business at 452 Murray Street, Perth on the 4th of March, 1933 which was during the great depression era and at that time had one employee which was Roy’s brother Len.

The company had a slow, but positive start and after two years of trading moved premises to 231 William Street, Perth in 1935. On either side of the new location were a butcher, grocer, wicker and a gun smith, all of whom were to be absorbed into the growing plumbing supply operation.

Behind the William Street shop was a brass foundry, Premier Engineering, in which Mr Roy Galvin and Mr Larry Duffy each shared a fifty percent ownership.

Upon the retirement of Mr Duffy in 1967, Mr Galvin assumed full ownership, by which time in addition to producing brassware there was also various kinds of concrete plumbing products being produced.

  Roy Galvin
  forge men
Galvins continued growth saw the acquisition of other properties, until finally attaining a total area of six thousand eight hundred square metres which was bounded by William, Francis, Lake and James Streets.
The company enjoyed ongoing success at this location until 1990, at which time Head Office was relocated to its current address of #3-5 Sundercombe Street, Osborne Park.

In addition to Head Office, Galvins have also developed a substantial branch network of twenty one stores which are conveniently located across Western Australia from Kununurra in the north, down to Busselton in the South West, and Darwin in the Northern Territory.
  "The ongoing success of Galvins is attributed to our loyal
customer base, of whom there are many thousands, and our
dedicated staff who contribute so much" Roy Galvin
Along with the growing number of stores also came a growth in staff numbers which is now in excess of one hundred and fifty. Whilst numbers have increased it is with great pride that Galvins have maintained the experience level for which it is renowned throughout the plumbing industry.

Whilst achieving phenomenal growth throughout its eighty two years of trading, Galvins Plumbing Supplies has remained a wholly owned West Australian Family Company which has seen a succession of three generations which began with Roy Galvin, followed by John Galvin and is currently with Mark and David Galvin.
  Name From To Status   452 Murray Street Perth Mar 1933 [commenced]
  Galvin RJ 04.03.33 31.07.84 Retired   231 William Street Perth 1935
  Galvin LM 04.03.33 04.12.75 Retired   Osborne Park 1953
  Eves F 04.03.33 14.02.66 Retired   Willetton July 1972
  Foley M 09.07.33 04.11.66 Retired   231 William St, Perth 1977 [enlargement]
  Clarke EM 01.06.39 02.08.64 Retired   Osborne Park 1977 [enlargement]
  Galvin JR 01.12.49 30.01.98 Retired   Wanneroo Oct 1980
  Simms DE 09.10.53 10.09.93 Retired   Bassedean Oct 1988
  Newham NF 11.01.54 25.11.87 Retired   Spearwood Mar 1990
  Eves RJ 10.10.60 05.05.95 Retired   Pier Street, Perth Jun 1990
  Leicester LD 26.01.60 28.01.00 Retired   Osborne Park 1990 [head office relocation]
  Gorn AJ 31.07.61 24.09.04 Retired   Port Hedland Jan 1996
  Matthews EC 31.07.61 30.01.86 Retired   Busselton Sep 1996
  Fusco A 11.08.69 13.12.00 Retired   Nedlands Feb 1997
  Green PR 13.07.70   Serving   Port Hedland Jun 1997 [enlargement]
  Beaton RE 14.12.70 07.07.05 Retired   Kelmscott Mar 2001
  Brown GJ 02.03.72   Serving   Karratha Apr 2002
  Bock FJ 07.03.72   Serving   Perth - Aberdeen St Oct 2004 [relocation]
  Edwards. M 20.03.72   Serving   Mandurah Nov 2004
  Bensley GJ 24.07.73   Serving   Broome Apr 2007
  Johnston GN 02.12.74   Serving   Welshpool Dec 2008
  Gates GF 11.08.75 05.07.03 Retired   Clarkson Mar 2009
  McComish LW 12.04.76 31.03.03 Retired   Mandurah Nov 2009 [relocation]
  Denkewitz G 06.07.76 11.05.07 Retired   Port Hedland Mar 2010 [enlargement]
  Thompson KA 20.07.76   Serving   Bunbury May 2010
  Robins RJ 22.11.76   Serving   Karratha Dec 2010 [enlargement]
  Lyttle MB 20.01.77   Serving   Geraldton Apr 2011
  “The Cleaners” 31.05.77   Serving   Kununurra Mar 2012
  Melville JD 07.03.78 11.11.05 Retired   Newman Apr 2014
  Tope RG 12.02.81 13.03.07 Retired   Darwin Apr 2015
  Bone WD 18.01.83   Serving   Rockingham Mar 2016
  Sayers JW 30.01.84   Serving      
  Dargan KN 30.04.84   Serving      
  Bennell DR 29.01.85   Serving      

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