In 1887 John Colquhoun arrived in Australia having emigrated from Scotland to find a better life. Employed as a coal miner, John decided after arriving that there had to be an easier way to earn a living than being in a pit or underground every day.
John started a business trading second-hand bags, bottles, cans and other goods. The bags were bought from the produce markets and re-sold to the public. Once John had generated some money he was able to send for his family in Scotland. They arrived in 1890 and amongst his children was Alexander, who was to go on to incorporate the company.