Our History

Making Australian Paper for 150 years

What began in 1868 on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River, today contributes over $900 million annually to Australia’s GDP. Below are some of the key steps in our 150 year paper making journey.


  • 1868

    Melbourne’s first paper mill is established by Samuel Ramsden on the banks of the Yarra River at Southbank.

  • 1895

    Australian Paper Mills Company formed, combining the mill at Southbank with others in Broadford and Geelong.

  • 1926

    Australian Paper Manufacturers Limited (APM) commenced trading.

  • 1930

    APM plants first pine seedlings for future pulp production.

  • 1936

    Construction of Maryvale Mill begins in Morwell.

  • 1937

    First production of pulp.

  • 1938

    First pilot runs of paper produced.

  • 1940

    No.1 paper machine begins production.

  • 1943

    Production of wood cellulose as substitute gun cotton for Australian defence forces in WW2.

  • 1951

    APM Forests is formed to establish plantations close to the mill.

  • 1977

    No.4 paper machine begins production of liner board for cardboard boxes.

  • 1987

    Maryvale celebrates 50 years of production.

  • 1999

    Maryvale No.5 machine begins production of high performance office paper.

  • 2000

    PaperlinX including Australian Paper, listed on the ASX following demerger from Amcor.

  • 2006

    Australian Paper becomes a foundation member of FSC® Australia.

  • 2008

    New ECF light bleaching plant at Maryvale.

  • 2009

    Nippon Paper Group purchases Australian Paper from PaperlinX.

  • 2015

    Maryvale $90 million wastepaper recycling plant begins production.

  • 2018

    80 years of papermaking at Maryvale.