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Kiwi boot polish

Join this Vicfix campaign to give a good brush and polish to details of the Kiwi story

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About Kiwi boot polish

Founded in Melbourne by William Ramsay, Kiwi boot polish has ensured shoes stay shiny since 1906. The forerunner of Australian success stories like Neighbours, ugg boots and Tim Tams, Kiwi was the first local brand to achieve worldwide success.

Historic newspapers trace the company's upward trajectory, which was boosted when imperial and American armies used Kiwi to polish their boots during WWI. Factories opened across the world and the ownership baton was passed to successive generations of Ramsays until the 1980s. And though it's no longer Australian owned, Kiwi remains the world's most popular shoe polish.

Contribute to this Vicfix campaign – it's easy!

  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
  • Add our tag 'vicfix-done' once the whole article is fixed.
  • Share what you've fixed with friends and family.
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Correct articles from one of our other Vicfix correction campaigns.

Vocational training – boot repairing class, Australian Department of Repatriation, 1919

Kiwi boot polish

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