Our Story

The beginnings of Australian Solar Timbers were forged as an idea in the trenches of Gallipoli where two ANZAC soldiers, Stan Ball and Douglas Oakley, dreamt of opening a sawmill on their safe return from the war. In 1919, after their eventual return, the two men established a small sawmill on the NSW north coast which saw the creation of what would eventually become a 4th generation family passion.

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1919 to the present

The following 100 years has seen AST adapt and innovate to emerge today as the nation’s most modern, innovative, and environmentally sound hardwood flooring manufacturer.


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Environmental values

With deep family roots in the Australian timber industry, AST has long pioneered best practice in environmental sustainability from local Forestry Stewardship to it’s current position as the largest user of solar kiln technology in the Southern Hemisphere.

Forestry stewardship and the timber chain of custody


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Craftsmanship and Expertise

Produced by nature and crafted by hand, our products have been shaped by continued investment in state of the art technologies and 100 years of uninterrupted timber knowledge passed down from generation to generation.

AST Technologies and process


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