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Our History

Who were Warner & Webster?

Arthur Warner (1863 - 1918) appears to have been the managing partner during the firm's early years. Mr Warner was also president of the St Kilda Sports Club five times. He represented Victoria in a number of interstate bowls competitions, both at home and on tour.

As well as being a founder of our company, George Webster (1865 - 1951) was a pastoralist who lived at Portarlington. He was a Bellarine Shire Councillor, representing Paywit Riding between 1989 and 1906. Cr Webster also served as Shire President from 1901 to 1903.

 

Company History

2018 Warner & Webster is acquired by EBOS Group Ltd, the largest and most diversified Australasian marketer, wholesaler and distributor of healthcare, medical and pharmaceutical products.
2017 Warner & Webster continues to expand in the aged care market, with the acquisition of Health Care at Home, a consumer aged care supplier supporting clients across Melbourne.
2016 Warner & Webster and Gildana Health Care's continuing expansion lead both brands to come together and establish a new 5,000m² warehouse located in Hamilton Street, Oakleigh.
2015 Warner & Webster enters the aged care market following the acquisition of Gildana Health Care, an established wholesaler serving aged care facilities across Melbourne and Victoria.
2014 Our South Australian expansion gathers pace, as Warner & Webster's Adelaide office relocates to the new SA warehouse in Beverley.
2013 Warner & Webster begins a targeted expansion into the South Australian market, establishing our first Adelaide office.
2005 Warner & Webster move to Chapel Street, St Kilda.
1995 Gildana Health Care first begins operation.
1994 Health Care at Home first begins operation.
1989 Warner & Webster is acquired by Ian Ross and his uncle retires.
1980 Warner & Webster move to Inkerman Street, St Kilda.
1965 Warner & Webster is acquired by post-war Polish migrant George Ross, who folds his own medical supply company into the business.
1961 Warner & Webster is incorporated as a proprietary limited company.
1951 George Webster passes away, aged 86.
1918

Arthur Warner passes away, aged 55.

His son, Samuel Arthur Warner, continues the family's partnership with George Webster.

1905 Warner & Webster has begun producing electrical devices, and are manufacturing x-ray machines, making batteries to order, and producing other electrical equipment for the modern surgeon.
1903 Now trading from Swanston Street, Warner & Webster has expanded the business to include the manufacture of artificial limbs, support trusses, and wheelchairs.
1901

Earliest discovered evidence of the business.

Messrs Warner & Webster are already a well-established manufacturer and importer of surgical instruments, trading from Little Collins Street, Melbourne.

The late 1800s We currently believe that Arthur Warner and George Webster began their partnership sometime between 1885 and 1899.