Yates Gardening History Timeline
1879 - Arthur Yates emigrated from United Kingdom to New Zealand
1883 - Founded New Zealand company
1887 - Started Australian branch, Hay Street, Sydney
1891 - Had over 1000 Australian accounts
1895 - Wrote Yates Garden Guide
1900 - Purchased ‘Invergowrie’, Exeter, as farm and trial grounds
1906 - New Zealand and Australian companies separated
1908 - Introduced early flowering sweet peas
1916 - Founded Tasmanian seed farms
1926 - Death of Arthur Yates. Eldest son Harold became Managing Director
1940 - Dig for victory
1951 - Public Float
1953 - Phillip Yates became Managing Director
1957 - Launch of Yates chemical range
1961 - Acquired Gro-Plus from John Darling & Co
1963 - Introduced Yates bulbs
1964 - Introduced Thrive. P.B. Yates became Managing Director
1969 - Purchased Samuel Yates UK
1985 - Yates acquired by Cheetham Limited (which already owned Hortico)
1987 - Cheetham acquired by Acmex (IEL subsidiary). Yates & Hortico operations merged
1989 - Yates New Zealand acquired following Equiticorp receivership
1990 - Adelaide Steamship Company (Adsteam) acquires IEL
1993 - IEL successfully floated Yates on Australian Stock Exchange as part of controlled sale of all Adsteam assets
1994 - Acquired Zero from Reckitt & Colman
1995 - Acquired Dynamic Lifter from Jennings Family
1996 - Sold Samuel Yates Ltd (UK) to Sakata Seed Europe
1997 - Formed joint venture in vegetable seed with Seminis Vegetable Seeds Inc
1998 Established Yates Garden Care. Acquired Watkins NZ and Dynamic Lifter factory in Pakenham.
1999 - Acquired Burbank Biotechnology and Forbio Plants to establish Yates Botanicals
2001 - Scheme of Arrangement with Norgard Clohessy Equity Limited. NCE changed its name to Yates Limited.
2002 - Sale of Yates Botanicals, YGC
2003 - Sale of YVS
2003 - Yates Limited sold Yates Australia & New Zealand to Orica Australia Pty Ltd
2008 - Yates celebrates its 125th birthday in New Zealand
2010 - Orica demerges Consumer Product Division (which includes Yates). The renamed DuluxGroup becomes a stand-alone company
2012 - Yates celebrates its 125th birthday in Australia
2014 - Yates celebrates Thrive’s 50th Birthday
2014 - Wins ‘Most Trusted Brand’in Garden Care at Readers Digest Awards.
2015 - Wins ‘Most Trusted Brand’in Garden Care at Readers Digest Awards.
2016 - Munn’s Lawn Care joins the Yates Gardening family
2016 - Yates introduces ‘Grow so much more than a garden’
2016 - Wins ‘Most Trusted Brand’in Garden Care at Readers Digest Awards third year running.
2017 - Wins Highly Commended ‘Most Trusted Brand’in Garden Care at Readers Digest Awards.
2017 - OCP joins the Yates Gardening Family.
2018 - Wins ‘Most Trusted Brand’in Garden Care at Readers Digest Awards.