Wal Parry started recovering furniture in his lounge room in 1957. Two years later Ray Williams joined Wal in the business and they moved into a factory in Sandgate and began manufacturing as well as recovering. This is where the name Parry & Williams comes from. Unfortunately Wal died of a heart attack in 1967 leaving Ray working long hours to keep up with demand. Ray then kept trading as Parry & Williams, keeping the Parry name as a mark of respect to Wal.
In 1971 Ray’s eldest son Steven started his apprenticeship and joined the business as a tradesman. In 1975 Ray’s daughter Diane commenced work in the business where she continues to work today. 1977 saw Ray’s second son Ray (junior) start his apprenticeship and join the business. In 1997 Ray (senior) retired from the day-to-day running of the business which he entrusts to his sons, Ray still comes in for morning tea everyday. In 2000, the third generation of Williams Master Furniture makers started, with Colin (Steven’s Son) commencing his apprenticeship. Many apprentices who have now gone on to build their own businesses still look to the Williams family for advice and guidance.
I would just like to say thank you all for bringing my very old sad lounge back to life again. I am ever so pleased with the result and I am sure it will stand for another 100 years.
I received my newly upholstered lounge suite and I am delighted with the result. It looks as good as new. I would also like to thank your two delivery guys for all their help, they were just fabulous.
Thank you so much for the beautiful job restoring our lounge to the comfort and look from 35 years ago… in fact I believe it is even more comfortable! We are so happy with your work, it is so good, it might be another 35 years before you hear from us (for this suite anyway)!
-Linda and Laurie Volger