Our History

The idea of making rainwear out of old sailcloths dates back even beyond the days of Captain Cook. The influences that created the key principles behind a Driza-Bone coat are wide and varied.

Read below for a brief history on Driza-Bone.
1855 – 1888
Emilius Le Roy knew that old sailcloth could be used to make practical rainwear & soon took this concept on-shore.
1888 – 1920
Edward Le Roy inherited his father’s business and continued as a manufacturer of canvas goods. He supplied his ‘Roylette’ coat to T E’s shop until T E decided to manufacture in Australia.
1920 – 1933
When Thomas Pearson (T E) realised the demand for the coat was constant among the bush folk, he began to manufacture the oilskin rainwear in Sydney.
1933 – 1945
Don Pickup adopted the name, Driza-Bone. Don’s innovations lay the basis for the ‘classic’ Driza-Bone coat and injected a sense of enthusiasm for the product.
1945 – 1972
Gordan Harman brought back some of the classic design elements and sustained the company for 25 years. He purchased it from his mother-in-law Ivy Pickup and her father T E Pearson.
1974 - 1989
In 1974 Driza-Bone was revived with a relaunch of 32 styles, as well as new production techniques which positioned the brand internationally. In the ’80s our Driza-Bone products led the field and people started talking about the land Down-Under with pride. The ‘Man From Snowy River’ broke attendance records around the world (of which we supplied 19 coats for that film) and in 1977 Prince Charles visited all states in Australia for the Jubilee Year and purchased himself two Driza-Bone Coats.
1989 – until now
The last 30 years, Australian stockmen, farmers, Olympic teams, sailors, adventurers and urban city folk have been believers in the Driza-Bone. We have since adopted the name of the national costume, as Australian as the Burberry Trench Coat is English.

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