Marcus Blackmore paid tribute to his late father last night following Blackmores’ induction into the Queensland Business Leader’s Hall of Fame
“Our journey started in Queensland in 1932 with Maurice Blackmore’s very strong sense of purpose and a vision for better health for Australians. Eighty-five years later our business looks very different but what we stand for remains the same,” said Marcus Blackmore AM.
“We came from humble beginnings here in Queensland and now we’re enjoying success on a global stage,” said Mr Blackmore.
“We’ve faced challenges and criticism and we’ve overcome it with strong values and with a fighting spirit and I’ve no doubt that comes from our heritage.”
QUT Emeritus Professor Peter Little said the Hall of Fame already contained Queensland names synonymous with leadership and achievement.
“The individuals and businesses inducted in 2017 have demonstrated the entrepreneurship and innovation that exemplify what Queensland has to offer the nation and the world,” Professor Little said. “Their diverse stories have helped shape our state and recognising them in this way provides a permanent, public record of their leadership and excellence for future generations.”
Blackmores was founded more than 85 years ago in 1932 by pioneering naturopath Maurice Blackmore.
He opened one of Australia’s first health food stores in Albert Street, Brisbane in 1932 and above the store opened a modest naturopathic practice. The practice grew and moved in the following year to Empire Chambers on Queen Street, Brisbane.
In 1934 he opened a clinic called the Blackmores Naturopathic Rest Home in Rockhampton, Queensland with room for three live-in patients. He opened naturopathic clinics in Duke Street, Gympie, and Wharf Street, Brisbane and shared his natural health philosophies across Queensland by reaching country towns including Gayndah, Kingaroy, Boonah, Beaudesert and Ipswich.
He developed hand-compounded dietary colloidal mineral capsules during this time which were later replaced with tablets and provide the basis for a life-long programme of research and development within the Blackmores clinics. It was also the start of the supplement business, Blackmores Laboratories, that would later become Australia’s leading natural health company with market leading positions across Asia.
Maurice moved the business to Sydney in 1969 to be closer to the manufacturers of his formulations.
The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame was established by QUT Business School, State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation in 2009 to recognise the public contribution made by leaders of business to the reputation of Queensland and its economic and social development.
The Hall of Fame recognises sustained leadership which has significantly enhanced or sustained the Queensland economy, that are pioneering in making a contribution to the wellbeing of Queenslanders, that have achieved iconic status as a leader, a business, a product or brand and with significant innovation.