In 1998, David Proberts and his Uncle Mike were inspecting hardwood decking that Mike had imported from New Guinea, stored at HF Palmer & Sons depot, Northgate. Dave recognised the people making MDF VJ sheeting on a Giben N32 beam saw in an adjacent workshop. After reacquainting himself, Dave agreed to start selling their product on a commission-only basis.
Shortly thereafter, an opportunity to buy this business resulted in David & Diane Proberts becoming the new owners and registering the name Colonial Wall Linings.
After a couple of years, the business was sold to Neil Miller.
A short time later, a continuous-feed, purpose-built “VJ” profiling machine was being auctioned by a liquidating company.
Dave approached Neil Miller with the proposal of buying the “VJ” machine at auction and re-entering the business as a 50/50 partnership. Neil agreed and we traded and grew the business until Neil retired in 2007.
In 2010, a full moulding production line was purchased & commissioned. Chris Gardiner (Australian Timber Mouldings) was the vendor and Chris was our first machinist. In 2012, Chris returned to Brisbane Saw Service. Emmett Byrne joined the business as our machinist, which now had three employees along with its working owners.
The business now manufactures and markets two niche products: MR MDF Wall/Ceiling Linings; and MR E0 MDF mouldings, targeting the renovating market.
Currently employing four full-time staff, the business now claims reasonable market share in its marketplace. We taking pride in offering excellent products, information and customer service.