Kookaburra Cricket and Hockey
Kookaburra started its journey in 1890 when English saddle and harness maker Alfred Grace Thompson also began to use his knowledge of leather for his other great love...sport.
Over the past century, Kookaburra has become synonymous with cricket and hockey; with all Australian, New Zealand and South African Test Cricket using Kookaburra cricket balls since 1946, and Kookaburra hockey balls being used in every Olympics for nearly quarter of a century.
In addition Kookaburra's list of endorsing athletes is a veritable pantheon of legends and a testament to the knowledge and passion Kookaburra pour into every product they create.
The advent of the motor car laid the foundations of what is today one of the most legendary sporting companies in Australia – and the world.
When migrant harness and saddle maker Alfred Grace Thompson realised that the new, horse-powered innovation was threatening the future of real horse-drawn transport - and his livelihood - in the suburbs of Victoria, he turned to the manufacture of cricket balls instead, expanding just a few years later into the creation of a full range of cricketing gear including clothes, footwear, protective equipment…and bats.
Today, Kookaburra still produce the most widely-used ball in one-day and test cricket, and their Kahuna, Rogue, Recoil and Blade series of bats are used and recommended by the likes of Ricky Ponting, Ian Bell and A.B. de Villiers.
Since beating every other sports manufacturer in Australia to provide the match balls for Don Bradman’s first post war test series in 1945, Kookaburra are now the largest makers of cricket and hockey balls in the world. With an unbroken association with international cricket ever since, they have also notched up more than quarter of a century as official supplier for all Olympic hockey championships.
The company is now synonymous with Australian sport, and exports to all the major cricketing nations world-wide.