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OUR STORY

 

 We're proud to share our unique history which dates back six generations



 
The Toorallie story began almost 200 years ago in 1825 when George Garnock arrived in Australia from Scotland. After a decade of working with the Macarthur family to develop Australia's first Merino stud, George decided to go out on his own and realise his lifelong ambition to produce the finest Merino wool in Australia.




Riding south to the Monaro district in New South Wales George was one of the first squatters in the region. Establishing his own Merino
sheep stud near the town of Bombala, George was a true pioneer and helped settle the area.


 George's sixth generation descendants the Smiiths continue his legacy with Toorallie, founded in 1990 and named after the family's sheep property located near George's farm. Toorallie was the next chapter in a long tradition of working with elite Merino wool.

 



Toorallie started out manufacturing jumpers in the nearby country town of Bombala, utilising the historic Olympia Theatre. With a massive investment in state of the art Japanese machinery, Toorallie's first success came from pioneering the three dimensional Hi-Tec knitwear of the time. Proving hugely popular this set the brand up to expand quickly with broad brand recognition and international distribution.


In the early 2000's manufacturing became uneconomical and the burden of debt was inhibiting performance of the brand. Without change Toorallie's Australian manufacturing collapsed, ushering in the start of the next generation to take the brand forward.

 


TOORALLIE TODAY

 
Today Toorallie continues to specialise in designing and producing high quality Merino products. The Merino fibre remains the cornerstone of our brand and the life passion of everyone involved, including George Garnock's sixth generation descendants Simon and Stephen Smith, executive directors of the company along with Peter Small of Quality Softwools Australia since 2004.

  


Simon Smith and Steve Smith (Managing Directors) and Peter Small (Chairman)


We have expanded our range beyond traditional knitwear to include tee's socks and our unique MERINO-DENIM™ jeans. Toorallie's focus is to create Merino garments of exceptional design and quality. Garments that last, that our customers love the wear.


In 2018 the Flagship store in Clifton Hill, Melbourne opened and in 2020 our Brighton store opened its doors. Toorallie stores reflect the brand spirit and values. We currently have over 100 independent stockists throughout Australia and New Zealand.


As the need for sustainable products is more relevant than ever, we consider  the Merino fibre, and the garments that can be produced from it an ideal option. Wool is renewable, long lasting and provides real benefits to the wearer and to the world in which we live.


  

  

 

 

Toorallie and the logo are registered trademarks of Quality Softwools Australia Pty Ltd

 

 

 

OUR STORY

 

 We're proud to share our unique history which dates back six generations


 
 

The Toorallie story began almost 200 years ago in 1825 when George Garnock arrived in Australia from Scotland. After a decade of working with the Macarthur family to develop Australia's first Merino stud, George decided to go out on his own and realise his lifelong ambition to produce the finest Merino wool in Australia.


 


 

 

Riding south to the Monaro district in New South Wales George was one of the first squatters in the region. Establishing his own Merino sheep stud near the town of Bombala, George was a true pioneer and helped settle the area.

George's sixth generation descendants the Smiths continue his legacy with Toorallie, founded in 1990 and named after the family's sheep property located near George's farm. Toorallie was the next chapter in a long tradition of working with elite Merino wool.

 

 



 

Toorallie started out manufacturing jumpers in the nearby country town of Bombala, utilising the historic Olympia Theatre. With a massive investment in state of the art Japanese machinery, Toorallie's first success came from pioneering the three dimensional Hi-Tec knitwear of the time. Proving hugely popular this set the brand up to expand quickly with broad brand recognition and international distribution.


In the early 2000's manufacturing became uneconomical and the burden of debt was inhibiting performance of the brand. Without change Toorallie's Australian manufacturing collapsed, ushering in the start of the next generation to take the brand forward.

 
 



 

TOORALLIE TODAY


Today Toorallie continues to specialise in designing and producing high quality Merino products. The Merino fibre remains the cornerstone of our brand and the life passion of everyone involved, including George Garnock's sixth generation descendants Simon and Steve Smith, executive directors of the company along with Peter Small of Quality Softwools Australia since 2004.

 


 


Simon Smith and Steve Smith (Managing Directors) and Peter Small (Chairman)

 

 

We have expanded our range beyond traditional knitwear to include tee's socks and our unique MERINO-DENIM™ jeans. Toorallie's focus is to create Merino garments of exceptional design and quality. Garments that last, that our customers love the wear.


In 2018 the Flagship store in Clifton Hill, Melbourne opened and in 2020 our Brighton store opened its doors. Toorallie stores reflect the brand spirit and values. We currently have over 100 independent stockists throughout Australia and New Zealand.


As the need for sustainable products is more relevant than ever, we consider the Merino fibre, and the garments that can be produced from it an ideal option. Wool is renewable, long lasting and provides real benefits to the
wearer and to the world in which we live.



 


 

 

 

 

Toorallie and the logo are registered trademarks of Quality Softwools Australia Pty Ltd