ES Wigg & Son turns 160

Jun 29, 2009 2:29 PM
Filed under Hardware

Mailing industry icon ES Wigg & Son celebrated its 160-year anniversary this week, with the Adelaide business still owned and operated by the fifth generation descendants of founder Edgar Smith Wigg.

The company claims the title of 21st oldest company in Australia, with Wigg establishing the business in 1849 as a vendor of books and homeopathic medicine. The strongest steps towards its current enterprise came in 1873 when William Davidson joined the company and established a printing section, with the company first purchasing an envelope printing machine in 1901.

 

Today, ES Wigg & Son comprises over 100 staff spread across four states, with printing and envelope manufacturing operations based in Adelaide and sales offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

 

"When you receive a Foxtel or American Express envelope in the mail, send an overnight Express Post envelope, open a Kodak photo wallet, or receive a Salvation Army donation appeal, you are probably using an innovative product from Wigg & Son," the company proudly claimed in a statement.

 

Note: attached picture shows Adelaide's Rundle St in 1874, with ES Wigg & Son at left of frame.

 
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