Birthday Celebration!

4 Generations at Banksia Park…

Today Mary Hams – one of the founders of Banksia Park Puppies at Stradbroke – will celebrate her 90th Birthday! Just looking at her and her immaculate house and garden you would never guess she was a day over 60! Still fit and agile, she loves to get out and about to tend to her plants and chooks, with her dog Roxy close by and her rescued sheep Rambo wanting yet another feed. Our team members love to stop and have a chat with Mary as they walk the dogs past her house. Scrabble with her friends every week keeps her mind sharp and she’s never short of a witty comment or wise advice! She is still determined to do her own shopping and won’t even let you push the trolley, but this tenacity is what helped to start off Banksia Park Puppies at its current Stradbroke location nearly 30 years ago!

Mary’s son Colin had been breeding dogs for the pet industry for over a decade before that and his wife’s dad Alan had been breeding working dogs and then companion dogs since the 1950’s. Colin later moved the family’s dog breeding business to Stradbroke, Victoria in the early 1990’s. The environment is more favourable here in Stradbroke, with even temperatures, lower rainfall compared to other parts of Gippsland and sandy soils, which is ideal for good drainage to reduce the chance of potential waterborne diseases.

When Banksia Park was in its early stages Mary lived on the property by herself taking care of the puppies and parent dogs at night and on the weekend when her son Colin was travelling to and from Trafalgar. Over the years the successful family business has grown and now 4 generations of Hams’ reside at Banksia Park!

Mary has long retired from the business but is always influential with her moral support, level-head and witty advice. Colin is still actively involved as one of the Managing Directors and his supportive wife Kay is well known in the local area as a most loved Primary School teacher, and for her volunteer and charity work which the family is extremely proud of. The reigns have now been passed onto their son Matt who has grown up with puppy breeding in his blood, and along with his wife Kirstin are the Managing and Operational Directors and the face of the brand; you most likely have seen them on the news or heard them on the radio. They live here with their two children, Bella and Diesel who have grown up on the property and enjoy inviting friends and family over to play with the puppies.

On the weekend the family went above and beyond to pay respects to Mary with a spectacular birthday celebration fit for a Queen! A beautiful horse drawn carriage, lead by a bagpiper escorted Mary through the pines, across the road and through Banksia Park, stopping at Mary’s house. Over 70 guests enjoyed the afternoon with a traditional style high-tea and uncanny nice winter weather!

Happy Birthday Mary, may we celebrate many more!!

 

Your Banksia Park Puppy Record Book

Your Personalised Banksia Park Puppies Record Book

At Banksia Park Puppies, we know that your puppy becomes part of your family when it leaves our family here. For this reason, we have started something fantastic for all our new Banksia Park Puppy families.

Now when you pick up your puppy you will also receive a detailed,personalised, Puppy Record Book. It has details and photos on mum, dad, puppy and siblings, as well as photos and information about where your puppy grew up and mum and dad live.

We hope that this Record Book will be treasured and give you lovely memories of your dog as a young puppy. Below is some example pages of our books!

Note: the images are a sample, and the information is not real.

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Banksia Park Puppies Parents Pages

Banksia Park Puppies Parents

 

Have you wondered who the parents of your Banksia Park Puppy are, or what they look like?

At Banksia Park Puppies, we’ve started pages for each of our parents so that you can look at Mum and Dad and see similarities in looks and behaviour!

Simply fill out the form on our Parents contact us page, and we’ll email you the page of Mum and Dad with photos and if you’re lucky sometimes there is a video too!

Have a look at Carlo’s page for an example of one of our Parents pages.

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This is just another way we want to make sure all our Banksia Park Puppy families are thoroughly happy with their purchase from Banksia Park Puppies and Pines Puppies, and another reason we are a World Class Breeding Park.