James (Jim) Henry Williams came to Australia from England and had beginnings as a farmer in Tyalgum, just outside of Murwillumbah.
In April 1935, James purchased a seed and produce store from the Winterbon family. As the business started to grow and create momentum, his daughter Quida and son Harry joined the company. With the beginning of World War 2, Harry joined the AIF and temporarily left the business to be run by his father (James), sister (Quida) and younger brother Earle. On return from his service after the war, Harry with his brother Earle gradually took over the company from their father and in 1953 JH Williams & Sons Pty Ltd was brought to life. Progressively the company expanded but has never strayed from the original concept of being a family business working for the community with integrity and honesty.
In 1970 Earle’s son Bruce joined the company and started working with Harry in the agricultural side of the business. By this time JH Williams & Sons Pty Ltd had grown to include a hardware store, BP fuel depot at Tweed Heads South, BP Murwillumbah, fresh produce packing house and produce rural divisions established at Tweed Heads, Cudgen, Alstonville, Kyogle and Southport.
In 1986 the company sold the produce and rural divisions and later the fuel supply divisions to focus on the core business of supply to the building industry. This focus allowed the business to expand through aquistion of building supply stores at Southport, Byron Bay, Casino, Lismore, (now Goonellabah), Ballina and Grafton.
Now operating as Williams Group Australia, the company profile today sees a strong mix of businesses capable of servicing a continually changing environment and community needs. The ability to adapt and grow is the foundation of the company’s progress even today.
To that end, the company now embraces the concept of online shopping, and this web site is part of that progression. Over time, more and more new products will be added to this site, and it will become a significant component of the Williams Group Australia business operations.
Bruce Williams is now Managing Director of Williams Group Australia, and along with his strong management team, he is excited about the companies future, and its ability to continue to service its customers.