The making of Goodearl + Bailey
Goodearl + Bailey provide the perfect 'Fabric Solution' for every space. We work closely with our clients from design through to finished product for hotels, resorts, restaurants, commercial and residential projects.
Our company offers a diverse range of products, so that every need is met. These include industrial textile fabrics, canvas awnings and blind fabrics, internal window furnishings, marine and motor trimming solutions, tension and membrane structures, general canvas and PVC goods, transport, artist fabrics, commercial shade and sails and soft furnishings fabrics.
Our focus is on partnership – growing with our clients to meet their needs
The Goodearl + Bailey partnership goes back to 1886 when David Goodearl’s Great Grandfather started manufacturing bedding and importing furniture from England. He commenced canvas goods manufacture towards the turn of the century, which soon grew into being an integral part of the business.
In 1957, two remarkable men by the names of Gordon Bailey and David Goodearl became equal shareholders of Goodearls Pty Ltd. In 1972 the company changed its name to Goodearl + Bailey.
At this time Mick Duggan joined Goodearl + Bailey as General Manager of the canvas goods division. The company was involved in manufacturing and selling of internal and external blinds, awnings, horse rugs, tents, piano covers, caravan annexes, trailer covers, paint drop sheets and mattress protectors. Anything that could be made from fabric we could make it.
After 21 years David and Gordon announced their retirement in 1993, and Mick Duggan became an equal partner with Richard Goodearl (David’s son).
Together Richard and Mick took the business to a new level, offering wholesale awning skins and complete awnings to the trade industry. With a staff of 35 employees they were able to provide quality products, as well as a cut to length and roll service to trade.
In the year 2000 Richard and Mick decided to divide the business, with Richard taking ownership of manufacturing under a new name.
Mick moved the distribution business to Botany with his daughter Clare and continued to trade under Goodearl + Bailey. Focusing on the distribution of an extensive range of fabrics to many different industries allowed the business to quickly grow. After 12 long years of battling cancer Mick passed away in August 2006.
Today Mick Duggan’s daughter, Clare Corban and her husband Michael continue the family legacy, expanding the range of imported and locally sourced fabrics and continuing to offer only the highest quality fabrics.
Our experience measures up... like our range and service.
Clockwise from top left: Gordon Bailey and Mick Duggan | ACASPA 2005, Michael and Clare Corban | 2015, Mick and Clare Duggan | Bradmill Demin Show 1988, David Goodearl and Gordon Bailey | 1975