GRAY-NICOLLS started making bats in Melbourne in 1972 as an extension of a long history of bat making dating back to 1876 in the UK, and will proudly celebrate the remarkable milestone of 50 years of Australian production in 2022.
The original brand is derived from Henry John Gray who founded Grays Rackets and an accompanying retail shop. He later expanded the brand into other sports, notably cricket and tennis.
In 1941, Alison and H.D Gray took over the business and acquired several other brands including 50 per cent of the world-renowned cricket bat business of L.J Nicolls. This acquisition resulted in a renaming of the business to what you know today as GRAY-NICOLLS, with a full acquisition coming in the 1960s.
Remains the choice of many of the world’s finest players, and the company is still owned and controlled by the Gray family to this day, making it a 6th generation family business.