Our History

1933

1933

  • The business started trading on 4th March 1933 at 452 Murray street Perth during the Great Depression era. The company started as a partnership between Roy and wife Amy.
  • The company started with 3 employees. Roy and his younger brother Len and Amy’s sister Flo Eves.

1935

  • Company relocated to 231 William street Perth (now Northbridge), corner of Francis street.
  • Galvins joined the MPA, now the MPAG’s longest member.

1947

1947

  • Roy Galvin buys a 50% shareholding of Premier Engineering.

1949

  • Roy’s eldest son John Roy Galvin started in the business at 16yrs of age on 1st December.

1954

1954

  • Galvins 1st branch opens and we trade to this current day from this property, now as our head office at 3-5 Sundercombe street Osborne Park.

1958

  • Galvins celebrates its 25th Anniversary at The Embassy Ballroom Perth.

1965

  • First Galvin guide produced.

1967

  • Roy Galvin acquires the remaining 50% share of Premier Engineering.
  • Galvin Engineering move to 55 Howe street Osborne Park with the purchase of Henderson & Gribble engineering firm.

1969

  • The company of Roy Galvin & Co Pty Ltd was incorporated on the 1st April 1969. Purchasing the partnership of Roy Galvin & Co.
  • Galvin Engineering Pty Ltd was formed and incorporated Premier Engineering plus Henderson & Gribble 1st April 1969.
  • Galvin Manufacturing Pty Ltd also formed and controlled the manufacturing operations of concrete & sheetmetal products aligned to the trading activities of Roy Galvin & Co Pty Ltd Also on 1st April 1969.
  • Galvins now employs around 40 staff.

1972

1972

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Willetton branch.
  • First use of the Galvin logo – Piece of pipe bent to form the “G”.

1975

  • Len Galvin retires after 42 years service. Many of those years as General Manager.

1977

  • Galvins First computer employed – IBM Model 3, System 4.

1980

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Wanneroo branch.

1981

  • Roy Galvin & Co Pty ltd purchases George Hill Tapware manufacturer and sheet lead supplier.

1983

  • Galvins celebrates its 50th anniversary at the Parmelia Hilton Ballroom Perth.
  • Roy Galvin & Co Pty Ltd purchased the long-established hardware company C. Bert Hood Pty Ltd.

1984

1984

  • Founder Roy Galvin passes away 1st July 1984.
  • Mark Galvin, son of John Galvin joins the company.

1985

  • John & Jim Galvin buy out brother Tony’s shares in the companies.

1988

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Bassendean branch.

1989

  • John Galvin celebrates 40 years of service at Galvins.

1990

1990

  • The property bounded by William street, Francis street and part of James street, now totalling 6,800sqm along with the architectural and building contract for the Australian Taxation Office complex was sold on the 8th June 1990 to Amethyst Nominees Pty Ltd. This was a subsidiary of Heytesbury Holdings Ltd owned by Robert Holmes a Court. At the time Robert Holmes a Court controlled John Holland Construction and was pursuing development projects.
  • At the same time Galvins head office was relocated to the Osborne Park premises with the existing buildings and sheds demolished and a new warehouse and administration building built over the next 12 months.
  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Spearwood branch.
  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Perth branch.
  • Galvin Concrete & Sheetmetal Pty Ltd was incorporated and took over the operations of Galvin Manufacturing.

1991

  • Galvin Engineering moves to its present location of 410 Victoria Road Malaga.

1992

  • John Galvin sells shares in Galvin Engineering, giving Jim Galvin and his two sons Paul and Chris 100% ownership of Galvin engineering.
  • Jim Galvin sells shares (held via Roy Galvin & Co Pty Ltd) in Galvin Hardware to john Galvin.
  • Galvins Design Centre opens in Osborne Park to display high end plumbing fixtures and tapware.
  • Galvins joins the national buying group Plumbing Plus of which it is still a member today.

1993

  • Board of Directors established.
  • Dave Simms celebrates 40 years of service at Galvins.

1996

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies first North West branch in Port Hedland.
  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies first South West branch in Busselton.

1997

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Nedlands.
  • Mark Galvin takes over Galvin Concrete & Sheetmetal Pty Ltd.
  • Galvin Concrete & Sheetmetal relocate from the Osborne Park Premises to a newly built warehouse and manufacturing plant in Badgerup Rd Wangara.

1998

  • Property at 68 Guthrie street Osborne Park sold and Galvin Hardware moves from this into a newly built warehouse and administration complex where Galvin Concrete & Sheetmetal previously occupied on the Osborne Park premises.
  • John Galvin retires after 49 years of service on the 30.01.1998.

1999

  • John Galvins nephew David Galvin (son of Tony Galvin) starts at the company.

2000

  • Les Leicester celebrates 40 years of service at Galvins.

2001

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Kelmscott.
  • Athol Gorn celebrates 40 years of service at Galvins.

2002

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Karratha.

2004

2004

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Mandurah.
  • 24th December 2004 John Galvin purchases Jim Galvins shares in Roy Galvin & Co Pty Ltd to become the sole owner.
  • David Galvin becomes part owner of Roy Galvin & Co Pty Ltd.
  • Galvins now employ around 80 staff.

2007

  • Mark Galvin becomes part owner of Roy Galvin & Co Pty Ltd.
  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Broome.

2008

2008

  • Galvins celebrates its 75th anniversary at Observation City Ballroom, Scarborough Beach.
  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Welshpool.

2009

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Clarkson.

2010

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Bunbury.
  • Phil Green celebrates 40 of service at Galvins.
  • Galvins Training Centre begins construction, completed in 2011.

2011

  • John Galvin sells remaining shares in Roy Galvin & Co Pty Ltd to Mark & David Galvin.
  • Greg Johnston celebrates 40 years of service at Galvins and retires in the same year.
  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Geraldton.

2012

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Kununurra.
  • Mike Edwards celebrates 40 of service at Galvins.

2013

  • Gavan Bensley celebrates 40 years of service at Galvins.

2014

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Newman.

2015

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Darwin – the first branch outside WA.

2016

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Rockingham.
  • Ray Robins celebrates 40 years of service at Galvins.

2017

2017

  • Galvins HVAC division started.
  • Maxine Little celebrates 40 years of service at Galvins.

2018

  • Enlargement of Galvins Welshpool completed to create a Distribution centre rivalling the head office warehouse at Osborne Park.
  • John Galvin passes away 13th July 2018.

2019

  • Galvins Marine & Industrial division started.

2020

2020

  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Ellenbrook.
  • Opening of Galvins Plumbing Supplies Yanchep.
  • Galvins now employs over 160 staff.

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

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