Herbert Thomas Slatter sails from England with his wife and three children. Arriving in Melbourne in 1874, he establishes Slatters. The company archives still include H T Slatter’s original shipping ticket and hand-written record books, which date to the late 1800’s. Records of business transactions, with C and J Clarks in the U.K, (later to become Clarks Shoes). Over time, H T Slatter is joined by his two sons, J C (Joe) and H H (Hal).