The founders spirit lives on in WridgWays Australia, almost 130 years after being founded in Victoria by Ernest WridgWays in 1892.
Ernest came from humble beginnings. Born on 28 May 1872, he grew up in Upton on Severn in Worchester, England. For centuries, Upton on Severn was a key transport hub in England, and was a thriving commercial port. River craft carried goods to and from the rich and prosperous agricultural areas around it, and it was also one of the few bridges across the Severn River for along way in each direction. With the blood of commerce and transport running through his veins at an early age, the stage was set for Ernest to do something very special with his life!
As a young man recently emigrated to Australia, an entrepreneurial spirit took hold of Ernest in his late teens. In 1892 when he was only 20 years old, he purchased a furniture horse and carriage in Camberwell, and set up a small but thriving furniture removals business servicing local areas and country removals. Although the horse is no longer around the carriage is still held by WridgWays and comes out at special occasions every now and then!
After many years of modest activity and prior to the Great War of 1914-1918, Ernest’s son Bert entered the business and began driving two horses. The WridgWays brand at that point became the first removalist to complete an interstate move in Australia, with a move from Melbourne all the way to Brisbane – a six week return trip for the young WridgWay lad.
A few short years later, and shortly after the end of the Great War, WridgWays again completed a long interstate move, with the first move from Melbourne to Perth, but this time the horses were left behind and the modern age of trucking starting taking over the long distance moving business, with Ernest as the pioneer in Australia.
In keeping with innovation and firsts, and reflecting the trust that the WridgWays brand had build over the years in Australia community, WridgWays completed the first international door to door removal in 1927. That shipment was from Melbourne to San Francisco USA and was the foundation of the WridgWays brand becoming respected as the Australia go-to partner for removalists all over the world.
Ernest may not recognise today’s WridgWays from the outside, its Australia-wide business is much larger than anything he would have possibly dreamed of. However, what he would recognise is the founders mentality that exists within the business, and the willingness to be the innovator in the removals industry in Australia.
Today, that legacy continues and WridgWays is once again 100% locally owned and operated – the spirit of hard work and innovation ever present in our teams across the Country.
When it comes to choosing where to live in Melbourne, WridgWays are the moving experts. With over 130 years’ experience moving people all of the country and the world, we can take the hassle out of your move. We’ll be there every step of the way to ensure your belongings get from A to B.
Getting professional help is the best way to ensure you are protecting your goods. WridgWays are insured and accredited and will be able to transport your belongings using the safest and most efficient methods available. Trust WridgWays with your next move for a stress-free experience.
WridgWays Removalists is an established local, interstate and international removalist with the years of experience necessary for a smooth, easy move. WridgWays Removalists has 125 years of experience moving Australian families.