Back in 1803 the first deer were introduced to Australia. We take our name from that date, because in a way that’s when our story began. My family has been sustainably and ethically farming red deer on rolling pastures near Orange, Central NSW for 35 years.
The idea of 1803 began with a commitment to the nose-to-tail philosophy and a spirit of collaboration. 1803 works with talented Australian artisans to use antlers and hides which are the natural bi-products of deer farming.
Our artisans are our heroes. They have developed rare and traditional skills, and they value the process of working with our beautiful natural materials. Their attention to detail and the care and time this takes mean we make our premium products in small runs. In everything we make there is a transparency and integrity that we are really proud of.
Every 1803 product is hand made by talented Australian artisans who start with the finest materials, the hides and antlers from our family deer farm. We are friends and collaborators, which is very much a part of the 1803 story. Our artisans are at the very core of what we do and who we are. They are masters of their respective crafts. It has taken them many years to develop their rare and traditional skills. They value the process and they keep its integrity. That’s how you create something beautiful.
Deer farmer & venison processor
Tim is my brother. He’s a deer farmer, venison processor, stand-up father and husband and good bloke. Tim works hard to farm his deer sustainably and ethically, caring for both beast and land. Tim established Mandagery Creek Venison in 2000 and his premium Australian venison is now served in many of the best Good Food Guide hatted restaurants in Australia and exported around the world.
The Canberra Cutlery Collective
Our antler-handled blade collection is hand forged by a small group of talented blade smiths in the pretty Tharwa Valley in southern Canberra. They are all mates and have over years each refined their own forging niche and style. Our core team of blade smiths includes Karim, Kev and Dean, however as is needed we are lucky enough to sometimes have the finishing room buzzing with up to six blade smiths as they set, finish, polish and sharpen our lovely blades. It is exciting to collaborate with such a passionate and capable team and know that together we are doing our best to keep the old skills alive.
Matt is one of the few commercial leather tanners left in Australia. He has tanned everything possible in the past 24 years, developing a rare & finely honed expertise in the creation of beautiful natural leather.
Matt is respected nationally for creating some of the best full lanolin natural leathers in Australia, and he loves what he does. It is not an easy gig and we are very proud to collaborate with him as he tans, dyes and finishes our stunning deer leather and deer suede. This is leather as it is meant to be.
On the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, Tony Scott uses traditional tanning methods to tan our hair-on fallow hides. Tony always processes with great attention to detail to highlight the natural beauty of every deerskin. It’s no skite to say that with our pretty spotted fallow deer skins, Tony is creating some of the most beautiful hides in the country.
Jarren is an experienced leather craftsman at the top of his game. Everything he makes is beautiful and functional. Using traditional techniques he designs, hand cuts, sews and finishes our premium collection of leather and suede goods. Jarren always takes care to celebrate the individual qualities of every hide. That’s what makes our leather collection authentic and special.
Owner & founder of 1803
Hello, my name is Penny and I am very proud of 1803 as we strive to make our family deer farm even more sustainable by minimising waste and using the whole beast. I am lucky as 1803 allows me to work closely with my brother Tim, stay connected to my country heritage (despite being a long-term city dweller) and collaborate with some truly talented people. Our artisans apply traditional skills, their creative eye and an appreciation of the natural beauty of all things deer to handcraft premium products that are ruggedly handsome and authentically Australian.
It’s a privilege to share their expertise with you.
Thank you for your support.