Our Story

Almost 40 years ago, people started asking master upholsterers John & Gabrielle Andrews if they could make a really good quality swag…

There were plenty of swags on the market, but it was hard to find a really well made, traditional Australian swag. So, after much research, the Murchison River Swag was born, and the rest is history, so to speak. Customers absolutely loved the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into each product, and, long story short, they’ve been making them ever since.

Every product produced in John and Gabrielle Andrews' small home workshop in Geraldton, Western Australia, is hand-made solely by them, resulting in a quality product built to last—a rarity in these times of mass production.

Fast-forward 40 years on, and they’re still going strong. They even have customers coming in now who were given a swag when they were a child, to buy a swag for their own kids—now that’s saying something! 


Handmade with love

Everything that goes into the making of Murchison River Swags products is the best quality available, including the use of Australian-made, military-grade heavy-duty canvas, which is waterproof, rot and mildew resistant. They use a cotton polyester blend of canvas, which is breathable yet very durable. And now, with the brand new ‘ultra deluxe mattress’, it’s more comfortable than ever!

One of the reasons they refuse to use imported canvas is because of the use of formaldehyde which is used in the rot-proofing process. This dangerous chemical is banned in Australian manufacturing, and with dubious quality control in overseas factories, it is best not to be sleeping in it!

All Murchison River Swags products are fully guaranteed with a 10-year warranty, and you can even personalise your swag or bag by having your name and phone number stencilled on, free of charge.

When you buy from Murchison River Swags, you’re supporting a truly Australian, family-run small business and keeping manufacturing local—which is more important now than ever.

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