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Thursday Plantation - our Origins

In the 1970s, Eric White, fascinated by the antibacterial power of Tea Tree Oil started nurturing the dream of bringing the amazing benefits of this natural plant- based oil to the world.

He established a Tea Tree plantation in northern NSW, Australia, an environment ideal for the growth of the majestic Tea Tree. Melaleuca alternifolia is native to the area.

What’s the story behind the name?

After four years of painstaking research and lobbying, a crown lease was granted for the land Eric was developing. It arrived via the once-a-week mail, on a Thursday in 1976…and Thursday Plantation was born.

The Pioneering Spirit

When Eric White’s health failed, Christopher Dean, his stepson and wife Lynda continued his mission of bringing the power of Tea Tree Oil to the world. Taking the seed of the idea and building upon Eric’s meticulous planning Christopher and Lynda continued the work.

Building the business and a life from nothing they created a home, the Farm, the process and began sales of Tea Tree Oil at local markets.

People quickly discovered the unique benefits for skin and the response was overwhelming.

The Birth of the Farm

The vision of a sustainable and ecologically sound Tea Tree farm in Ballina began to take further form in 1988. 1.5 million trees were planted and a magnificent sustainable business was now underway, returning tea trees to the native landscape.

Production of distilled Tea Tree Oil and the establishment of a Research & Development Laboratory on the Farm followed shortly after.

As production grew distribution of the oil also grew to include selected destinations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Our Heritage is in our products

Thursday Plantation’s strong heritage underpins all that we are. It supports the trust and authenticity of our brand and our products.

All of our products are developed based on the knowledge that has been passed down through generations combined with the latest scientific research.


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