Bateman Hardware

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J. & W. Bateman Ltd.
Industry Hardware
Founded Fremantle (1834 (1834))
Founder John Bateman
Area served
Western Australia
Key people
John Bateman
John Wesley Bateman
Walter Bateman

Bateman Hardware was the earliest hardware shop established in Western Australia (and the second-oldest commercial enterprise of any sort),[1] and until its demise in the 1980s was the longest-running.

The business was founded by John Bateman in 1834 on property that he bought in the second round of land sales in the nascent Swan River Colony.[1] This land on Henry Street was to be the home of J. & W. Bateman Ltd. for the next 150 years. Initially it was a shipping and warehousing business (including lighterage and river transport), and 1840 is given (in a 1951 company prospectus) as the "early start of trading, with the help of his young sons, John and Walter".[1]

In 1895 the company built a new warehouse and office building (the Union Stores Building[2]) on the corner of High and Henry Streets.[3] This extended 120 feet (37 m) along High Street and 104 feet (32 m) along Henry Street. It was designed by local architect Herbert Nathaniel Davis.


  1. ^ a b c Henderson, Charles W. (1981), The Bateman hardware enterprise in Western Australia, archived from the original on 18 March 2014, retrieved 18 March 2014 
  2. ^ Garry Gillard (11 February 2016). "Fremantle Stuff > People > Herbert Nathaniel Davis". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "NEW BUILDINGS AT FREMANTLE". The West Australian. 11, (2,887). Western Australia. 20 May 1895. p. 5. Retrieved 20 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.