The Origins of Doug Smith Spares
Starting in 1969, Doug Smith Spares has been in business for over 40 years. It has been a long time since we started, and what we know about Doug Smith has been passed down and whispered through multiple generations. We have been able to piece together some facts about Doug, but we are always searching for more information.
Doug was a gas station mechanic in and around the Sydney Parramatta area in the early 70’s. Legend has it he began repairing appliances on the side, and was not too fond of the retail companies he had to buy parts from. So in the enterprising spirit that still carries on in Doug Smith Spares today, Doug began sourcing parts directly from the manufacturer, to offer cheaper and more effective parts service to his customers. Finding his service increasingly popular because of his exceptional parts enterprise, Doug created Doug Smith Spares, which originally operated in Phillips Street, Parramatta, in the same area where he learned his skills as an up and coming appliance technician.
Doug Smith Spares was a hit for over a decade under the astute management of the original Doug Smith. Unfortunately in 1981 Doug was forced to sell the business due to ill health. Following this, not much is known about his personal life, but we do know he fathered a son, Brad Smith, and passed away in 2004. The business has passed through a few hands in the time since, and settled with its current owners in 2001.
Doug Smith’s innovative spirit and passion for good value parts lives on in Doug Smith Spares today, where we constantly strive to find the best value deals for our customers. Come into one of our stores today and you can experience the same quality true-blue Aussie service that made Doug Smith Spares so popular when it first started way back in 1969.
Doug Smith lives on!
Doug Smith Spares has been collecting old appliances for some years, usually from customers that no longer want to store their old appliance they have used and been passed down through family members, they did not want to throw them out as they have “History”. We were happy to acquire these appliances and display them at our Granville office, were they will be kept in good order for years to come.
Chef Heritage Deluxe – Model 2-058EAAPCE
Dishwasher – Hoover Autojet Model 4805
This had a round basket which turned and water sprayed onto the dishes which is quite the opposite these days with the spray arms turning to wash our dishes.
Upright Early Kooka by Metters
Washer – Wilksinservice deluxe mark ii Model 366-67
Fridge – Electrice Model M6C
Washer – Hoover matic twin tub model 3318F
Washer – Simpson wringer model 11-22-010
Benchtop Early Kooka by Metters