The history of the Wolseley motor company began far away from the UK shores, in Sydney, Australia.
It was there where a young man by the name of Frederick York Wolseley made his first steps in the business world establishing a factory to manufacture sheep shearing equipment.
From the first days of the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Company Limited in 1887, things moved very fast - so fast that just nine years later Wolseley had taken his company to the UK and was running a car manufacturing plant in the “ motor city” of Birmingham, in the Midlands of England.
Still trading under the umbrella of the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Company, the Wolseley Motor Company did relatively well selling close to one hundred cars, before Wolseley decided the automobile business was not for him and sold out to Vickers Son and Maxim Limited, who eventually evolved to become the Rover Group,
After the sale of his auto manufacturing division, Frederick Wolseley returned to concentrating his talents and energies on the development and manufacture of sheep shearing equipment, eventually diversifying into the production of a wide range of agricultural machinery.