Watson Blinds & Awnings

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1st Year

Family-Run From Day One

We’ve always been a family serving families, ever since we opened our doors in 1968. John Watson launched Watson Blinds & Awnings on Lyle Street with just one employee, Pauline Hoare. 

After selling and fitting blinds transported from Sydney for a few years, John brought his wife Pat on in 1975. With Pat working as a seamstress, the Watson family was able to manufacture their own high-quality blinds and curtains. It was the start of an operation that’s grown much larger but remains in-house to this day!

Building A Reputation

With the Watson family’s dedication to quality products and above-and-beyond customer service, it wasn’t long before Australians started taking notice.

The company’s first exhibition was a huge success, and local customers continued spreading the word to friends and family. John’s old-school belief that ‘cheaper doesn’t always mean better’ was catching on!

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10th Year
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20th Year

Passing The Baton

In just two decades, John Watson had grown Watson Blinds 500%. The company had 45 employees, a factory in Queanbeyan, and retail outlets in Fyshwick and Mitchell.

Ready to retire to Huskisson with his wife Pat, John passed the baton to his three sons, Ray, Kevin, and Peter Watson in 1990. With an ongoing commitment to quality products and putting customers first, the three brothers ensured Watson Blinds remained a business of families serving families.

Celebrating A Legacy

By 2000, what started as a humble, two-person team had grown into a multi-generational business serving Australians like you.

As the Watson family celebrated 30 years, Ray and Kevin broke new ground and, more importantly, continued working hard to make every customer feel heard, taken care of, and happy in their homes.

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30th Year
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40th Year

Changing With The Times

As Canberra grew, so did the family business. With a new showroom and factory, the Watson family kept up with advances in technology and manufacturing. 

Still operating with the mindset that “quality is remembered long after price is forgotten,” the Watson’s aimed to balance their role as industry pioneers with their longstanding history of putting customers and quality first.

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After over 50 years, Watson Blinds & Awnings has grown to over 150 staff members and fitted out over 100,000 homes in the region.

Still the only window furnishing company with a local factory in the region, the Watson family continues to strive for perfection and look for ways to better serve it’s community.

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50th Year