About Us

Servicing plumbing since 1933

Mr. Roy Galvin commenced business at 452 Murray Street, Perth on the 4th of March, 1933 and has been a leading company ever since.

The Story of Galvins

Galvins Plumbing Supplies is a family owned Western Australian company founded in 1933 and has grown to be the leading plumbing supplier with 23 branches located throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Galvins has been servicing the Plumbing and Mining industries for over 85 years and in more recent times branched out into the Marine, Food Service and HVAC/R sectors. With over 500 years of experience currently working for us and our network of manufacturers and suppliers worldwide we offer experienced service and quality products at competitive prices.

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Our Promise

You the customer…

Our History

1933
1967
1990
2000s

In the beginning…

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.

Stores activity during this period:

1933 – Opening
1935 – Relocated to 231 William Street

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.

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.

Stores activity during this period :

1953 – Osborne Park
1972 – Willetton
1977 – William St Perth Enlargement
1977 – Osborne Park Enlargement
1980 – Wanneroo
1988 – Bassedean

Ongoing success

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.

Stores activity during this period :

1990 – Spearwood
1990 – Pier Street Perth
1990 – Osborne Park Head Office Relocation
1996 – Port Hedland
1996 – Busselton
1997 – Nedlands
1997 – Port Hedland Enlargement

And there was 23

In addition to Head Office, Galvins have also developed a substantial branch network of twenty three 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.
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 eight 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.

Stores activity during this period :

2001- Kelmscott, Mar
2002 – Karratha, Apr
2004 – Aberdeen St Perth Relocation
2004 – Mandurah
2007 – Broome
2008 – Welshpool
2009 – Clarkson
2009 – Mandurah Relocation
2010 – Port Hedland Enlargement
2010 – Bunbury
2010 – Karratha Enlargement
2011 – Geraldton
2012 – Kununurra
2014 – Newman
2015 – Darwin
2016 – Rockingham
2020 – Ellenbrook
2020 – Yanchep

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Honour Board

Name Time served Status
Galvin RJ 04.03.33 – 31.07.84 Retired
Galvin LM 04.03.33 – 04.12.75 Retired
Eves F 04.03.33 – 14.02.66 Retired
Foley M 09.07.33 – 04.11.66 Retired
Clarke EM 01.06.39 – 02.08.64 Retired
Galvin JR 01.12.49 – 30.01.98 Retired
Simms DE 09.10.53 – 10.09.93 Retired
Newham NF 11.01.54 – 25.11.87 Retired
Leicester LD 26.01.60 – 28.01.00 Retired
Gorn AJ 31.07.61 – 24.09.04 Retired
Matthews EC 31.07.61 – 30.01.86 Retired
Fusco A 11.08.69 – 13.12.00 Retired
Green PR 13.07.70 – 15.01.16 Retired
Beaton RE 14.12.70 – 07.07.05 Retired
Brown GJ 02.03.72 – Current Serving
Bock FJ 07.03.72 – Current Serving
Edwards. M 20.03.72 – 09.10.20 Retired
Bensley GJ 24.07.73 – 21.10.16 Retired
Johnston GN 02.12.74 – 10.03.11 Retired
Gates GF 11.08.75 – 05.07.03 Retired
McComish LW 12.04.76 – 31.03.03 Retired
Denkewitz G 06.07.76 – 11.05.07 Retired
Thompson KA 20.07.76 – 03.12.14 Retired
Robins RJ 22.11.76 – Current Serving
Lyttle MB 20.01.77 – 24.02.17 Retired
The Cleaners 31.05.77 – 11.07.19 Retired
Melville JD 07.03.78 – 11.11.05 Retired
Tope RG 12.02.81 – 13.03.07 Retired
Bone WD 18.01.83 – Current Serving
Sayers JW 30.01.84 – Current Serving
Dargan KN 30.04.84 – Current Serving
Bennell DR 29.01.85 – Current Serving
Sherwood RP 28.04.92 – Current Serving
Ormerod MB 16.06.92 – Current Serving
Janks LM 17.02.93 – Current Serving
Ramsay SI 13.07.93 – Current Serving
Walsham DM 27.04.94 – Current Serving