For over 60 years, Lindsay Packer has been a part of his family business working alongside his dad. First starting off in Woolsourers, Fellmongers and Tanners in Chermside, he also attended night college doing wool classing and welding to learn more about the industry.
Sadly in 1967, Lindsay’s father passed away which started a chain of events that changed his life forever. After his father passed, Lindsay took over the family business but the road ahead would not be easy for him.
The government resumed 14 acres of land and in 1969 the company sold the remaining land. After a few knock-backs and even a hearing at the Supreme Court over land, Lindsay was finally given approval to re-start his business and build his legacy in Nerangba.
Drawing on both national and international influences, Lindsay began to understand that the possibilities in Australia were aplenty. Through their continued development and innovation, the business finally saw an increase in sales.
Fast forward to today and Packer Leather has become an internationally recognised family business with more of their finished leathers sold overseas than in Australia. They continue to develop their leather production using the latest innovation available.
This year marks 130 years since the Packer family first started production at Chermside in 1891. The family business has become a significant Australian business success story in leather manufacturing and the values, beliefs and tenacity of its original founder have underpinned the positioning of Packer Leather today.
Lindsay remains the Chairman of Packer Leather, which now has the fourth, fifth and sixth generations’ active within the family business.
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