Company founder Wallace Bishop learns his trade in Birmingham. His outstanding
craftsmanship earns him the Prince of Wales Medal from City and Guilds London for
second place in the British Isles for goldsmith work (1897), and first class diploma
awards from the Birmingham Trade Exhibition (1898).
May Lucy Slide marries Wallace Bishop in 1899. Mrs Bishop was a guilder and polisher and
the couple worked for jewellers in Birmingham.
1909's - Rippingham Grange
Wallace and May Bishop move to Australia in 1909 and Wallace is employed as a Diamond
ring maker with Flavelle, Roberts and Sankey Jewellers of Queen Street, Brisbane. He
bolsters the firm’s manufacturing division by encouraging his colleagues from
Birmingham to migrate to Australia.
1917's - The Wallace Bishop Company
The Bishops start their own manufacturing factory in Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. They
introduce many new facets to the trade, including vitreous enamelling of jeweller
badges, items that were previously imported. Carl joins the family business as an
Company expansion leads to the opening of a factory and retail store at 125 Adelaide
1934's - The Loyal Watch
Wallace Bishop Junior born in the same year as Carl Bishop introduces the Loyal watch:
quality timepieces which Wallace Bishop still sells today.
1939's - Wallace Bishop Arcade
The Wallace Bishop Arcade opens on the day World War II begins in 1939. This houses the
administration of the flourishing business upstairs, manufacturing downstairs and a
suite of glamorous shops.
1940's - The Bride’s Book
Wallace Bishop publishes the first of a series of The Brides’ Book, a guide to wedding
etiquette and procedure, at the time an innovative marketing initiative. The Australian
Defence Department appoints Wallace Bishop as its official enamel badge maker.
1950's - Wallace Bishop Expands
Wallace Bishop Junior joins the family business and completes his watch making
apprenticeship. Wallace opens the 1st regional store in Toowoomba and commences a
period of further growth.
1960's - Craftmanship
Always an inventor and problem solver, Wallace develops and manufactures state of the
art work benches to assist employees with their focused and precise work. He imports
and makes new machinery to improve utility and efficiency.
Wallace Bishop becomes CEO. For much of the 1970s and 1980s, he completes all valuations
and Diamond buying himself.
Current CEO of the Wallace Bishop Group, Stuart Bishop joins the business. He completes
a Diploma in the Study of Diamonds and Diamond Grading at the Gemological Institute of
America (GIA) in 1989.
Stuart Bishop wins the prestigious 1997 De Beers Australian Diamond Facets Supreme
Design Award for his design of a 5.35-carat Princess Cut Diamond set inverted in
2000's - King George Square Store
After 75 years, the King George Square store closed and the last awning-mounted neon
sign in Brisbane disappears. Wallace Bishop’s flagship store moves to the thriving
Queen St Mall. Wallace has been instrumental in ensuring the success of the Mall
through its establishment and continuing amenity. It is known internationally as one of
the top ten most successful shopping Mall precincts.
2010's - Wallace Bishop Today
Stuart Bishop commences as CEO after Wallace Bishop retires to the position of Chairman.
Stuart continues to be a leader in the gem industry with his design and gem skills
including leading sporting event trophies - and the current SWB 100 collection in
stores today commemorating the family’s industry role in the past, present and future.
2017's - Celebrates 100 Years
Jewellery chain Wallace Bishop celebrated its centenary celebrations in August 2017, with the business providing an example of the local industry’s resilience to the changing retail environment. The milestone event was marked at our flagship store in Brisbane’s Queen Street Central Mall on Thursday 10 August, where customers, staff, and the local community were invited to celebrate. Founded by the original Wallace Bishop in 1917, the family-owned and operated business is now managed by third, fourth and fifth generations, with great-grandson Stuart Bishop serving as CEO.
2019's - Stuart & Wallace Bishop
As a proud Australian family-run business, Wallace Bishop now has over 50 stores and 500
employees and will continue to embrace and carry forward the century of legacy and
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