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About Us

Established in 1935, N.H Thorpe & Co. has the “Needle’s Edge” when it comes to supplying and servicing sewing equipment throughout Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

Early Days

  • Norman Harold Thorpe started in the sewing machine industry by selling the Singer treadle machines door to door for Singer. It was in 1935 that Mr Thorpe opened the doors to one of the first sewing machine shops in Newcastle.
  • In 1938 Mr Bill Peterson came on board later to become a partner in the business.
  • In the beginning days, Mr Thorpe had his own brand of sewing machine “Hallmark”, manufactured here in Australia at the Smalls Arms Factory in Lithgow, west of the Blue Mountains. The “Hallmark” sewing machine was similar to that of the Singer machine.
  • It was in 1946 that Thorpe & Co was a part of a small group which started to import Husqvarna sewing machines directly from Husqvarna in Sweden.
  • Later Thorpe & Co imported Minerva from the Chec Republican.
  • Bernina entered somewhere in the 1950’s. 

Quality always comes first

Over the last 80 years Thorpe and Co has seen many different brands of machines come through the doors but quality has always held ground. Today Thorpe & Co still stock Husqvarna now known as Husqvarna Viking along with Bernina. Baby Lock came on board in 2002 and still remains. Thorpe & Co also added  Handi Quilter to its high quality range.


Maarten and Christine Plooy are the current proprietors of N.H Thorpe & Co. Like Norman Thorpe and Bill Peterson, Maarten and Christine have had a long history in the sewing machine industry.

Christine started working For Thorpe and Co after school in 1972 and in 1973 started fulltime work, this was the same year that Maarten started at Thorpe and Co as a trainee technician. Christine left around 12 months later and in 1977 Maarten and Christine married. Maarten continued working at Thorpe & Co.

In 1988 Mr Thorpe was ready to sell after 53 years in business. Maarten and Christine bought the business and have been the sole owners for the last 30 years.

In 2013 Maarten celebrated 40 years working at Thorpe & Co !!!

Address:15a Main rd Boolarooo, NSW, 2300

Phone: (02)49 294456


Opening hours: 9am - 5pm Monday to friday, 9am - 12am Satuday, Closed Sunday.  


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