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50 Years Experience

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1st Year

It began in 1968, when John Watson and his only employee, Pauline Hoare, started what has become a story of arguably one of Canberra’s most successful family businesses.

Initially they sold and fitted blinds transported from Sydney, but it was not long before they started manufacturing their own products.

After running the business in Lyle street for 2 years, they relocated to Pirie Street, Fyshwick.

John’s wife Pat joined the team in 1975 as a seamstress, and to this day , the company is a family run business.

First Ever Exhibition

All their hard work paid off, when their first ever exhibition was a huge success.

For many years, John Watson won the trust and support of his customers and developed a good name for himself in and around the local area.

His committment to quality and after sales service gave the business a competitive edge.

He always believed in the old saying, “ cheaper does not always mean better”.

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10th Year
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20th Year

Passed on to the next generation

in 1990, John and Pat Watson retired to Huskisson after building up their building and awning business.
John felt it was the right time to leave the business he put his heart and soul into, in the capable hands of his sons.

As he rightly said, ‘the beauty of the family business is that skills are passed on to the next generation. ’

In 23 years Watson Blinds had grown 500 per cent, from a workforce of 10 to 45, with retail outlets in Fyshwick and Mitchell, and a factory in Queanbeyan.

Thirty Years of Service

After the retirement of their father, Mr Ray Watson took over Watson Blinds with his brother Kevin and Peter.

Proud to carry on the business, the Watson brothers maintained the high standards of customer service and quality products set by their parents.

Ray always believed that it was very important to maintain the trust their father built over years to make people feel secure while dealing with the business.

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30th Year
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40th Year

Innovation and Expansion

As Canberra grew, so did their business.

They moved from Lyell Street to its Pirie street showroom, opened up a factory in Queanbeyan and expanded to cover areas all across New South Wales.

By constantly updating their products, they ensured the consumer gets the right product and that they are considered the leaders in their field.

A little sign on the front of their showroom said, “ Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten”, which has basically been the motto for the Watsons that goes back 40 years.

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Years of Industry Experience

All three of John’s sons have taken keen interest in the business, which is reflected by the unparelled success the business has acheived and continues to strive for. .

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50th Year

Here's What Our Clients Are Saying

Daryl Gough
7 months ago
Fantastic service, love the showroom. Couldn't be happier with products, value and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Jonathan Dawson
7 months ago
We are very happy with our new blinds and I could strongly recommend Watson blinds to anyone. Job well done.
Tom Stephens
7 months ago
The team at Watson Blinds & Awnings are one of the most professional companies I have dealt with. The install completed in my home in April 2018 looks amazing. The quality of product, communication and service has also been incredible. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing blinds or curtains and will be using them again myself in the future.
Claire Toepfer
7 months ago
Exceptional service and a high quality product. The fact that these guys are local is not just a bonus, it's essential to their business model. Quick service and installation, personal approach which helped immensely. A small error at their end was corrected swiftly and as a result we got an extra set of blinds at an enormous discount. A local company ensures that its brand is protected and so will do everything possible to keep the customer happy. So glad we chose Watson!
Charles Nowak
8 months ago
The experience I had with these guys was unbelievable, fast service, price couldn’t be beaten. They even cleaned the area that they were working around after they were done. Definitely will be recommending these guys if anyone ever needs blinds done! Keep up the good work!
Jacqueline Parker
1 year ago
Great customer service, knowledgeable staff who are happy to take you through the range and explain any questions and queries you may have. Order process was hassle free and my order arrived on time and looked fantastic. I would definitely order through Watsons' again and recommend them to anyone looking for made to measure.
Martin Gilby
9 months ago
Great customer service by Ashlee. And well organized display area.
David Peterson
9 months ago
I have my outdoor blinds fitted with very good service. Now i can enjoy the summer. Thanks Watson Blinds & Awnings.
Tina Robbins
9 months ago
Very happy with my outdoor blinds from Watson Blinds & Awnings. Professionally fitted. Thanks Watson Blinds & Awnings for this fantastic job!
The Cock and Crown Woden
11 months ago
These guys are awesome and our blinds are perfect! It's been a pleasure to deal with everyone involved at Watsons. Highly recommended.