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About Us -  History

Over many years, the Nolan Group has established a solid and reputable network of trading partners around the world. We pride ourselves on our core business principles: integrity, innovation and value for money. We work with our valued customers to help them find textiles solutions that will help them develop in growth and profitability.

The Nolan Group Timeline

  • Thomas Peacock established a textile recycling business in Melbourne.
    1881
  • Moving Forward

    Thomas Peacock’s eldest son, Thomas Edwin Peacock relocated the business to Perth.
    1890
  • William Bernard Nolan establishes Nolan O’Rourke & Co Pty Ltd in partnership with W. Ralph Smith. The company was based out of Sydney and was primarily set up to be a supplier of motor body hardware.
    1920
  • The Perth branch re‐opened and Nolan Shannon (W.A.) Pty Ltd was incorporated.
    1950
  • Nolan Butler Pty Ltd is established in Melbourne.
    1953
  • The Nolan Newcastle branch is opened on Beaumont Street, Hamilton.
    1955
  • The Nolan Brisbane branch is opened.
    1962
  • As the agency side of the business was rapidly growing, the trading name of Upholstering Distributors of WA was changed to Upholstering Distributors Australia Pty Ltd.
    1973
  • Opening of UDA Queensland branch with purchase of M.L. Scanlan Pty Ltd.
    1997
  • Opening of UDA New South Wales branch with purchase of Cope Musgrave Pty Ltd
    1998
  • Opening of the UDA South Australian branch with purchase of Lodge & Hill Pty Ltd.
    2000
  • The Nolan Newcastle branch relocates to a 954sqm warehouse in Lambton.
    2006
  • The Marine, Motor and Industrial divisions of M. Simonson were acquired by Nolan Warehouses.
    2006
  • The trading operations of Nolan O’Rourke and Co. Pty Ltd and Upholstering Distributors Australia Pty Ltd merge into a 50-50 joint venture under the name Nolan.UDA Pty Ltd effective 1 August, 2009.
    2009
  • The Film and Fabrics Division of Nylex Australia was purchased by Nolan O’Rourke & Co, ensuring the survival of iconic brands including: Mariner, Cordova, Capri & Road Runner.
    2009
  • Both branches in Brisbane, Springwood and Geebung move into a 2800m2 purpose built warehouse in Yatala.
    2010
  • Nolan.UDA celebrates their first anniversary. Nolan.UDA Sydney branches merge under the one roof. The Prospect branch was closed and all staff and stock were integrated into the larger Alexandria operation.
    2010
  • Nolan.UDA purchase the Melbourne based Radin’s company.
    2016
  • Nolan.UDA undertake a name change to the ‘Nolan Group’. This was done to accommodate recent and future acquisitions.
    2017
  • The Nolan Group purchase long standing knitted shade cloth supplier Polyfab Australia.
    2017
  • 1881

    Thomas Peacock established a textile recycling business in Melbourne.

  • 1890

    Moving Forward

    Thomas Peacock’s eldest son, Thomas Edwin Peacock relocated the business to Perth.

  • 1920

    William Bernard Nolan establishes Nolan O’Rourke & Co Pty Ltd in partnership with W. Ralph Smith. The company was based out of Sydney and was primarily set up to be a supplier of motor body hardware.

  • 1950

    The Perth branch re‐opened and Nolan Shannon (W.A.) Pty Ltd was incorporated.

  • 1953

    Nolan Butler Pty Ltd is established in Melbourne.

  • 1955

    The Nolan Newcastle branch is opened on Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

  • 1962

    The Nolan Brisbane branch is opened.

  • 1973

    As the agency side of the business was rapidly growing, the trading name of Upholstering Distributors of WA was changed to Upholstering Distributors Australia Pty Ltd.

  • 1997

    Opening of UDA Queensland branch with purchase of M.L. Scanlan Pty Ltd.

  • 1998

    Opening of UDA New South Wales branch with purchase of Cope Musgrave Pty Ltd

  • 2000

    Opening of the UDA South Australian branch with purchase of Lodge & Hill Pty Ltd.

  • 2006

    The Nolan Newcastle branch relocates to a 954sqm warehouse in Lambton.

  • 2006

    The Marine, Motor and Industrial divisions of M. Simonson were acquired by Nolan Warehouses.

  • 2009

    The trading operations of Nolan O’Rourke and Co. Pty Ltd and Upholstering Distributors Australia Pty Ltd merge into a 50-50 joint venture under the name Nolan.UDA Pty Ltd effective 1 August, 2009.

  • 2009

    The Film and Fabrics Division of Nylex Australia was purchased by Nolan O’Rourke & Co, ensuring the survival of iconic brands including: Mariner, Cordova, Capri & Road Runner.

  • 2010

    Both branches in Brisbane, Springwood and Geebung move into a 2800m2 purpose built warehouse in Yatala.

  • 2010

    Nolan.UDA celebrates their first anniversary. Nolan.UDA Sydney branches merge under the one roof. The Prospect branch was closed and all staff and stock were integrated into the larger Alexandria operation.

  • 2016

    Nolan.UDA purchase the Melbourne based Radin’s company.

  • 2017

    Nolan.UDA undertake a name change to the ‘Nolan Group’. This was done to accommodate recent and future acquisitions.

  • 2017

    The Nolan Group purchase long standing knitted shade cloth supplier Polyfab Australia.