Bonnetts Saddleworld is Australia’s oldest saddlery and the 4th oldest saddlery in the World !
The Bonnetts Australian family owned business was started by Edward Albert Bonnett back in May of 1843 just 7 years after Adelaide was first settled. Since then the business has undergone many changes but is still owned by the same family today with two of Edwards’s great great grandsons owning and managing the Bonnetts business.
Bonnetts is listed as the 14th oldest company in Australia and commenced trading to satisfy the emerging demand for harness and saddlery related items for the horse that was the main mode of transport.
The Bonnetts business was always near to where the horse sale yards were located to take advantage of the ready made market. Over the years the business moved to various locations in the centre of the Adelaide city area from Currie Street, Grenfell street, Rundle and Hindley Streets.
Stock agents like Elder Smith, Goldsborough Mort, Bennett and Fisher and Coles Bros were always close by and in 1852 another saddlery opened its doors and was named J.A Holden and co.
The Bonnetts and the Holdens held a very large part of the saddlery business in Adelaide for many years and in 1905 the Holden business started to change direction and become interested in automobiles. In 1931 they changed their name to GMH- General Motors Holden.
At the height of the manufacturing business Bonnetts employed over 80 tradesmen as part of the team but as the horse began being replaced by tractors and cars for work, activities and modes of transport, Bonnetts saw the need to broaden their range of saddlery products. This eventually led to Bonnetts changing focus from being purely a manufacturing company to also offering wholesale and retail. This has continued until the present day where
Bonnetts have retail outlets across Adelaide located in Gawler, Mount Barker and the main store at 125 Portrush road Evandale. This is also the location for the company head office and manufacturing area.
Bonnetts still manufacture a small range of quality equestrian products for the equine industry that are sold all over Australia and offer a fully accredited saddle fitting and tailoring service of all brands and styles of saddles.
Bonnetts aim is to provide "the best Equestrian products from around the world"
Bonnetts Saddleworld has been servicing the equestrian industry since 1843 and will continue to do so.