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Adelaide maker of Test team tops goes under

A Hindmarsh firm which made the Australian cricket team’s woollen vests and pullovers for more than 40 years has been placed into liquidation.

Jun 27, 2024, updated Jul 03, 2024
Hindmarsh firm Silver Fleece has made the Australian Cricket Team's knitwear for decades. Photo: Silver Fleece.

Hindmarsh firm Silver Fleece has made the Australian Cricket Team's knitwear for decades. Photo: Silver Fleece.

Hindmarsh-based Silver Fleece was wound up yesterday and appointed liquidators from Clifton Hall.

A notice of appointment of liquidators was publicised today, with Daniel Lopresti and Simon Miller named joint liquidators of the company.

The more than 70-year-old company supplies schools in Australia with customised uniforms, as well as tailor-made knitwear for businesses, organisations and sporting clubs.

The company is best known for making the knitwear for the Australian cricket team, including its iconic cable knit vests and pullovers which it has been manufacturing in Adelaide for more than 40 years.

In 2017, CityMag reported the company was helping independent designer Naomi Murrell stay local by manufacturing garments for the brand’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection.

Then-opposition leader Peter Malinauskas touring the Silver Fleece factory in 2022. Photo: Thomas Kelsall/InDaily.

All of its products are made at its factory in Hindmarsh, and the company’s LinkedIn page says it employs between 11 and 50 staff.

Silver Fleece is owned by South Australian Cathry Barton who bought the company in 2003, and was founded in 1951 by WWII prisoner of war and Yugoslavian immigrant Tim Jovanovich.

InDaily approached the Clifton Hall liquidators and Silver Fleece for comment but did not receive a response before deadline.

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