In 1874 Scotsman Peter Bulman began producing tweed, blankets, felted cloth, shirting, and flannel in his mill on the banks of Distillery Creek in Launceston, Tasmania. The press dubbed it the Waverley Woollen Factory, the name Bulman would later adapt when he named his factory the Waverley Woollen Mills. Move forward 140+ years, and we have updated the name and brand to Waverley Mills.
Proudly Australian made
OUR PROUD HISTORY
For nearly 150 years, Waverley Mills has been producing Australia’s highest quality wool textiles and has made textile manufacturing a dominant industry in Tasmania. Waverley Mills once boasted 80% of the Australian blanket market.
Always quality. Always luxury. Always authentic and respectful to the environment. Always a leader, Waverley Mills continues that tradition.
A Story to Tell
Waverley Mills is luxury, quality, sustainability. As Australia’s oldest working textile mill (established in 1874), we produce designer wool products that are guaranteed to last, beautifully and carefully crafted, and ethically produced.
We start with the essentials: the finest quality wool, alpaca, mohair and cotton. Then we use only the most skilled artisan craftsmanship bolstered by the latest in sustainable practices to produce iconic blankets, rugs, throws, scarves, and clever recycled blankets.
Our rich history has seen us become a market leader in high quality textile production and our pioneering spirit has ensured we lead the way in innovative, sustainable production processes.
We simply do the best, to give you the best.
Situated on the idyllic banks of Distillery Creek in Launceston. Crafted in Tasmania. Proudly Australian owned. All our iconic products are made to be naturally beautiful and are made to last.
Our Sustainability Practices
Waverley Mills is committed to the environment and to the communities in which we operate. We ensure responsible corporate behaviour at every stage of production: from where we source our wool and energy consumption to design, our finished products, and distribution.
We achieve sustainable and ethical manufacturing processes through our dedication to the following.
The Environment: For over 140 years, Waverley Mills has used natural fibres which are biodegradable, recyclable, and a natural resource. We minimise waste and produce a range of luxurious, quality recycled wool blankets and throws made from our own unused yarn and second-hand blankets.
For 50 years, Waverley Mills was powered by hydro-electricity from nearby Distillery Creek. We are working to reinstate hydro power and to add solar power to the mill’s operations.
The Community: We treat our suppliers like our partners. We treat them like we would like to be treated. If we grow, they grow. We use all Australian based companies and services. All our natural fibres are sourced from local suppliers in Tasmania and have been for over 100 years. We give back to those in need and have partnered throughout our long history with charities like St Vincent de Paul and Mary’s House in Sydney (a refuge supporting women and children who need help due to domestic violence). We seek new ways for community involvement, for instance, by donating superfine wool throws to fundraising activities in schools within our region.
The Economy: To grow locally, we know we need to support locally. We buy locally, employ locally and have always, and will always, pay a fair market price for the natural fibres we use. Our quality products are made to last a lifetime.
- “I really liked the look of the recycled throws on the website and took the plunge. I have to say its way softer than I imagined and so warm. The kids keep fighting over it when on the lounge...looks like ill be back for another...”
- “I have owned Waverley products for years and years and so happy they are back with a new range”