Campbell & Heeps was established by Alex Heeps and George Campbell in 1932, and sold blinds in Burke Road, Camberwell in Melbourne. Custom made products were manufactured onsite, including roller blinds, roman blinds, canvas products and drapes.
During World War II the company manufactured tents and other canvas items for the Defence Forces.
After the war, the Heeps sons, Roy and Graeme, took over and the factory and the location was moved to 80 Highbury Road, Burwood. Here, timber venetians were made from Australian milled timber, and became their main product.
With the advent of light-weight metals and plastics, Campbell & Heeps extended their range further to include aluminum awnings, insect screens and security doors.
Roy and Graeme Heeps lead the business through the early 70s, becoming iconic within the industry for the supply of custom-made window furnishings.
Over the generations, advances in technologies and practices meant that new products were consistently being developed. Campbell & Heeps now produces pool covers, tarps and canopies.
In July 2000, Campbell & Heeps was purchased by Gary Smith and Brendan Hall, both of whom had years of experience in the canvas industry. At the same time they bought a sister company in Box Hill known as Martin and Edwards. Martin and Edwards was the perfect ‘soft’ complement to Campbell & Heeps, with a strong background and emphasis on curtains, soft furnishings and Roman blinds.
Brendan and Gary brought fresh eyes and experiences to the business, and worked hard to ensure the Campbell & Heeps name continued to be synonymous with quality workmanship and excellent service. The addition of their wives Sharron Hall (Martin & Edwards) and Lynn Smith (at Campbell & Heeps) made for a formidable team.
Throughout the early 2000s, the Smiths and the Halls streamlined the product range and manufacturing processes at Campbell & Heeps, and encouraged a family feel that was extended to staff and clients alike.
This fantastic partnership came to an end in 2004/5 when the Martin and Edwards showroom was closed and Brendan and Sharon moved on from the company. Lynn and Gary were now running Campbell & Heeps, supported by their son Chris, daughter Kate and Chris’s wife Zoe.
In mid 2006 Lynn sadly passed away, leaving Gary, Chris and Zoe to run the business.
In 2009 Campbell & Heeps took up residence in the current location, 5/125 Highbury Road, Burwood.
Under the leadership of Chris, the manufacturing team still customise awning and blind products to the same high standard of quality that has been synonymous with the Campbell & Heeps name since 1932.