WillowBlue Australia Pty Ltd  

About Us

Our journey began in 1978 when Ian Callen with the help of his Grandfather Ron, father Lloyd and mother Norma set up Ian Callen Sports in Boronia Victoria. A big part of that business was its Crickets Bat Repair Service. In 1985 Ian sold his business and moved to Phillip Island to the family farm at Rhyll, where he converted an old Shearing Shed into his workshop to make Callen Cricket bats. 

It wasn't long after this that Ian set out to re establish the Cricket Bat Willow industry in Australia. 

Many hurdles had to be overcome to get approvals to grow Cricket Bat Willow in Australia... eventually in 1994 under Plantation Permits at Healesville the first English Willow trees were planted on a sight first recommended by England's Test Captain A.C. MacLaren in 1895. 

Today quality English Willow is being grown, processed or hand crafted into Cricket bats by Bat Makers Ian has trained and accredited... and exported to Bat Makers in India and Pakistan.