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10 Oct 2018

Reginald Murray (‘RM’) Williams founded the company, R.M.Williams, in 1932. RM recognised the need for hardwearing products and was determined to create a boot that could endure the harsh conditions of the Australian outback. Months were spent adapting a single piece of softened hide into one of the world’s most recognizable footwear styles.

RM embraced everything the Australian bush had to offer. He spent years in the remote Flinders Ranges of South Australia, where he met and befriended a passing horseman by the name of Dollar Mick. Together they spent months working leather and, having refined his skills and developing the boot that still bears his name. His first success came selling packsaddles to the famous owner of a large group of cattle stations. This enabled RM to set up shop in 1934 in his father’s shed at 5 Percy Street in the Adelaide suburb of Prospect, an address immortalised on the tugs of his boots, and now the location of our museum and one of our retail stores. Our legendary boot styles incorporate more than 80 hand-held processes, each performed by men and women with multiple years’ training and an eye for quality and detail. These people also produce remarkable hand-plaited belts, made with more than 1000 plaits – a skill taught by other bushmen to RM himself, and passed on to the team who make the products today.

There may not be as many stockmen as there were in 1932, and nowadays you’re just as likely to find our hardwearing goods in the boardroom as you are in the outback, but the spirit of RM remains true in every piece that bears his name.

Made for Australia; loved around the world.

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