Kugelmans was founded by Hermann Emil Kugelmann, born in 1858 at Coramandel Valley in South Australia. Emil’s father, Carl, had migrated from Prussia along with his wife in 1848. Carl was an Herbalist and brought with him a multitude of recipes for herbal remedies and products from Prussia itself. Together with his son, they began trading under the brand Kugelmans in 1866.
In 1883, Hermann moved the business from Adelaide to Brisbane, with further expansion to Sydney. By 1892, Hermann was undertaking periodic visits to treat patients in provincial towns throughout Queensland and New South Wales. A few years later, Hermann bought “Gooramadda”, a property on the Murray River which had formerly belonged to Dame Nellie Melba. It was here that he built large sheds in which to store his supply of herbs, which were growing constantly as the business flourished. Hermann retained control of Kugelmans until he passed away in 1932, at the age of 74.
In 1934, Kugelmans & Co. Pty Ltd was registered as a Victorian company by two of Hermann’s sons, Waldemar and Vernon; the business purpose being Botanic and General Merchants, Manufacturer, Importer, Exporter and Supplier of Herbs, Drugs, Chemicals, Medicines (both patent and proprietary), and veterinary medicines. Vernon resigned from the company in 1945, and Waldemar’s wife, Nancy, took his place.
In the 1970’s, Pieter van Wunnik DC ND, an Osteopath, Naturopath and Herbalist who founded the well-known Summit Health products and Windmill Herb Farm name, became acquainted with Waldemar and arranged to buy the business in December 1977. The three products that were marketed at the time were Kugelmans Balsam of Paradise, Kugelmans Stomach & Aperient, and Kugelmans Electric Essence, which were all registered products in Victoria.
Kugelmans’ long history throughout the years gave the company its proud reputation of being the oldest surviving herbal company in Australia. We seek to continue our legacy of supplying our customers with high-quality herbal products through the 21st century and onwards.
To expand and further develop the highest quality, palatable herbal products.
To continue providing our customers with a range of herbal products to assist in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
To trust in the healing power of nature, helping the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.