Alexander MacRae

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Alexander MacRae
Born Alexander John MacRae
25 December 1889[1]
Applecross, Ross, Scotland
Died 30 November 1938(1938-11-30) (aged 48)
Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Scottish
Occupation
Known for Founder of Speedo
Spouse(s) Martha MacRae
Children 6
Parent(s)
  • Murdo MacRae
  • Mary

Alexander John MacRae (25 December 1889 – 30 November 1938) was a sports entrepreneur and clothing manufacturer. Born in Scotland, he emigrated to Australia where, in 1914, he founded the company that became the swimwear giant Speedo.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

MacRae was born on Christmas Day 1889 in Applecross, Ross, Scotland, the son of Murdo and Mary MacRae.[2][3] In 1910, he immigrated to Australia.

Career[edit]

It was in 1914 that he founded the hosiery company MacRae Knitting Mills in Regent St Sydney, Australia.[4] In 1918, the company moved into a larger factory in Camperdown. The company was growing quickly, which required more space to manufacture what was becoming an icon of Australia. In 1928, a competition was held to see who could come up with a new name for the business. The name 'Speedo' was born and it is the company's name to this day.[5] Later, he flew to America and set the business up there.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He married Martha MacRae. They had five sons and a daughter: Alisdair, William, James, Ronald, Duncan, and Jean. All of their sons became directors of Speedo. MacRae died on 30 November 1938 (1938-11-30), aged 48.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Zealand, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920
  2. ^ 1901 Scotland Census
  3. ^ Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985
  4. ^ "PEOPLE: ALEXANDER MACRAE - SPEEDO". The Daily Mail in Scotland. 29 July 2006. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ "INDUSTRIES & COMMERCE: SPEEDO KNITTING MILLS PTY LIMITED". willoughbydhs.org.au. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  6. ^ "PEOPLE: ALEXANDER MACRAE - SPEEDO". The Daily Mail in Scotland. 29 July 2006. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  7. ^ "People: Alexander MacRae - Speedo". www.clan-macrae.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2017-06-13.