We've come a long way since the handmade straw palliasses and tufted horsehair mattresses that started A.H. Beard in 1899. Spanning four generations of family and sleep innovation the A.H. Beard story is one that we're incredibly proud to share.
Enoch William Beard establishes 'The Australian Bedding Mill'. His product: handmade straw palliasses and tufted horsehair mattresses.
After two and a half decades, the Australian Bedding Mill burns to the ground, leaving Enoch ruined. With only a gold half sovereign and a strong work ethic to his name, Enoch’s son Albert decides to rebuild the business.
Equipped with black and white striped ticking, flock, kapok and horsehair, Albert and his wife Ada begin hand making mattresses.
Albert's son Austin embraces modern technology, and begins importing the latest bedding spring machinery into Australia.
King Koil is introduced to Australia
Fourth generation brothers Garry and Allyn embark on a period of national and international growth. A.H. Beard sets up camp in Auckland.
A.H. Beard acquires Suparest Bedding in Victoria and Tasmania, ensuring localised manufacturing and distribution to Southern Australia.
A.H. Beard acquires 90 year old bedding firm Domino, along with the award for inaugural Australian Family Business of the Year.
FlexGel is created and Australia is introduced to gel bedding for the very first time.
A.H. Beard acquires SleepHaven Bedding in South Australia, completing a national operations and distribution grid.
A.H. Beard celebrates 113 years of supplying superior sleep and is inducted into Family Business Australia's Hall of Fame.
Former Prime Minister Mr John Howard officially opens A.H. Beard Bedding Stores in Shanghai as part of our supply agreement with retailer Shanghai Green Foreign Trade Ltd.
A.H. Beard launches the Six Week Sleep Challenge, subsequently winning the Mumbrella Award for Insight.
A.H. Beard launches fresh brand identity, introducing the belief at the core of the business: Improving Lives Through Better Sleep.