Dawn Mowers (Surrey Hills) Pty Ltd was established back in 1964 by Mervan Ostwald a commercial airline pilot with Trans Australia Airlines TAA. Mervans’ entrepreneurial spirit saw opportunity in the lawnmowing market as motorised lawns mowers had just been invented. The great Australian dream of owning a house with a garden in the 6o’s was alive and well. Mervan along with his wife Gale set about establishing retail stores to service the rapidly growing domestic lawn care market, at one stage manufacturing their own “Dawn Dependable” mower.

Tragically in 1972 Mervan was killed in an automobile accident whilst in the USA. Gale with three children under the age of five admirably kept the business running, consolidating back to two stores East Malvern & Surrey Hills. Gale was a well-respected member of the Industry Group MSAA (Mower Specialists Association of Australia) for many years holding the role of Association Secretary.

Mervan Ostwald (left) on the sales floor

Today the company remains in family hands. In 2017 the 25-year association with the Toro brand was growing strongly and the site in Décor Dve. Hallam was purchased, soon to become the company head office. The Hallam facility better services the lager commercial machinery element of the company. Business to business opportunities within the market were responding well to the focus on high levels of service and support, both mechanically and in sales of equipment that provided efficiency gain solutions to clients.

The new 2500sqm state of the art facility was strategically set up for easy access for customers in trucks, Utes and Trailers. Purpose built, very clean, safe & productive service centre consisting of 4 hoists, 2 x spin & relief reel grinding bays and 5 x field service vehicles.

Our Customer base consists of Stadiums, Municipalities, Turf & Landscape Contractors, Turf Farms, Private and State Education Facilities

  • State & Local Government Authorities
  • Turf & Landscape Contractors
  • Turf Farms
  • Private & State Educational Facilities
  • Sporting Clubs & Golf Courses
  • Mining Industry
  • Small Farms & Property Holdings
  • Private & State Hospitals
  • Resorts


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