GREAT AUSTRALIAN FAMILY HERITAGE
The CHRISTOPHER HANLON® brand name is fourth generation Australian with origins that can be traced back to his Great Grandfather, Tom Hanlon® in 1875. From a small piece of land in Goomalibee, Tom grew bush herbs, raised cattle and made regional leather produce. Tom's eponymous 'HANLON ROAD' located in Goomalibee Victoria exists today. Heritage
During the mid 1800's land owners were often considered the local 'gentry' as only the wealthiest of families could afford significant farming and grazing land in addition to the early industrial farming equipment required. According to Christopher's father, Ross Hanlon®, Grandfather Tom Hanlon® employed a number of people to run the farm and their numbers would swell during the heavy harvests: sheep shearers, slaughtermen and butchers in addition to general farm hands would be hired to work the land and production sheds. Meanwhile the women would sew, cook and clean. Whatever could be produced on the farm was sold at local markets and townships. Boiled sheep (wool fat) and emu skin fat for example was a popular treatment for women's parched English skin and when mixed with soap and water doubled as a men's shaving preparation for cut-throat razors.
During the mid 1800's a major backbone of Australia's colonial economy was farming and agriculture; and associated products such as wheat, herbs, wool, meat and leather. The Hanlon® family name was well respected in local areas of Benalla, Ballarat and Geelong. When Christopher Hanlon's® Great-Great Grandmother Ellen Hanlon® passed away 'The Argus' newspaper (the Melbourne equivalent of today's New York Times or Sydney Morning Herald) reported in her epitaph: Australian 'PIONEER DIES' with a short, poignant, dear-to-heart read.
According to Christopher's father Ross Hanlon® sales of young Grandad's Sheep Skin Mail Bag skyrocketed around this time in places of Bendigo, Geelong, Melbourne and Sydney (Anthony Hordern & Sons). Evidently town gossip and word-of-mouth was hugely influential on consumer trends given that movie stars, pop-idols, hollywood and even television (largely) did not exist.
This is Australian His-Story. A story of the HANLON® family's colonial country empire and the birth of the HANLON® family's international luxury brand. Today HANLON® leather goods, natural skin preparations AND AUSTRALIAN BOTANICAL BUSH PERFUMES are integrated into Australian culture.