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Our Heritage

We are very proud of our heritage at Hannahs. We have provided New Zealand families with quality footwear for over 148 years.

Our Heritage

We are very proud of our heritage at Hannahs. We have provided New Zealand families with quality footwear for over 148 years.

Our founding father was Robert Hannah, an Irish emigrant, who opened his first boot shop in Charleston in 1868 during the West Coast gold rush. He moved to Wellington when the gold rush ended, and in June 1874 announced the opening on Lambton Quay of Robert Hannah & Co., who "had long and practical experience in the business" and sought the patronage of the people of Wellington.

Our founding father was Robert Hannah, an Irish emigrant, who opened his first boot shop in Charleston in 1868 during the West Coast gold rush. He moved to Wellington when the gold rush ended, and in June 1874 announced the opening on Lambton Quay of Robert Hannah & Co., who "had long and practical experience in the business" and sought the patronage of the people of Wellington.

Our founding father was Robert Hannah, an Irish emigrant, who opened his first boot shop in Charleston in 1868 during the West Coast gold rush. He moved to Wellington when the gold rush ended, and in June 1874 announced the opening on Lambton Quay of Robert Hannah & Co., who "had long and practical experience in the business" and sought the patronage of the people of Wellington.

Robert Hannah was an entrepreneur of his times. He was reputed to be a shrewd and hard businessman, who also cared deeply for his staff. He paid them above the going wage, and worked hard to keep them employed during the Depression years.

Robert Hannah died in 1930. At the time of his death there were 19 branches in the North Island, 11 in the South Island, and a factory in Wellington.

Robert Hannah died in 1930. At the time of his death there were 19 branches in the North Island, 11 in the South Island, and a factory in Wellington.

Robert Hannah died in 1930. At the time of his death there were 19 branches in the North Island, 11 in the South Island, and a factory in Wellington.

Today, Hannahs is New Zealand's most famous footwear brand. We have 52 stores nation-wide, as well as 1 Pulp and 10 Hush Puppies sister stores in New Zealand.

Picture righttop:Image of Robert Hannah from the D Maloney Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

(image reference: F- 116725-1/2).