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In 1924, The Dunlop Rubber Factories at Abbotsford and Montague in Melbourne decided to make Sandshoes (also called Tennis shoes and runners.) This was to compliment their Rubber Boots (Gum Boots) which were first manufactured in 1915.
By 1932 Dunlop were manufacturing in Australia, 2 million pairs of footwear a year with about 50% being used as Sport shoes. In 1939, the now Icon Product, the Famous Volley Sport Shoe was introduced - Adrian Quist, a famous tennis player of the time, who worked for Dunlop, saw the sole pattern on a boat shoe when he was in America for a tennis tournament. He convinced Dunlop to make Tennis Shoes with the same sole pattern. The shoe went for strength to strength and never looked back becoming the favourite of all top tennis players for the next 40 years. Players who wore the Volley included Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Frank Sedgman, Neil Fraser, John Bromich, Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, Margaret Court and many others.

In 1950 as the Dunlop Footwear business expanded the huge new factory at Bankstown NSW was in production and by 1954 was making more shoes and sporting shoes than any other factory in Australia, and employed over 1000 people by 1957.

In 1959, Dunlop Footwear brought in their first imports – 300,000 pairs of Thongs and 16,000 pairs of PVC shoes.

In 1965, Dunlop Rubber Co. diversified into separate divisions – The Dunlop Footwear Division in its own right became a stronger force in the Australian Footwear industry.

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